Tendonitis is the inflammation around a tendon, the band which connects muscles to bones, transmitting force. Tendonitis occurs from repetitive overuse of a motion. For example, ‘tennis elbow’ occurs on the lateral (outside) area near the elbow where the forearm muscle tendon responsible for extending the wrist lies. Tendonitis is alleviated by stopping the activity first caused the irritation. If the activity is work related, adding breaks between prolonged repetitive movements will help. Massaging the painful area with an ice cube or frozen ice cup will help reduce the inflammation and reduce pain.
Formal treatment will include use of modalities like ice, iontophoresis which is a topical delivery of an anti-inflammatory through an electrode, ultrasound, e-stim, laser or light therapy, stretching, massage, and a comprehensive home program.