Tendonitis

The Hand Center

Kelley Wear, MD

ABS Certified Hand and Wrist Surgeon located in Broomfield, CO & Thorton, CO

Do you feel pain in your elbow, wrist, or fingers that is worse with certain movements? You may have tendonitis or an inflamed tendon. Kelley Wear, MD, at The Hand Center in Broomfield and Thornton, Colorado, is a hand and wrist surgeon and can provide treatment recommendations for your tendonitis to relieve your discomfort. Call today or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.

Tendonitis Q & A

What is tendonitis?

Tendonitis is an inflammation of your tendon, which is the fibrous tissue that attaches the muscle to your bone, causing pain around the joint. You can experience tendonitis in any of the tendons in your body, including your hand, wrists, and elbows.

Common symptoms include:

  • Pain with certain movements
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

A sudden movement of your joint may cause the inflammation, but it most often occurs from activities that require repetitive movement.

What is De Quervain's tendonitis?

De Quervain’s tendonitis is a common type of tendonitis that affects the wrist, causing swelling and irritation along the tendon that runs on the thumb side of your wrist. It’s most often caused by repetitive motion that irritates the sheath that surrounds the tendon. Injury and rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of the joints, may also cause De Quervain’s tendonitis.

Treatment may include anti-inflammatories, hand splinting to restrict motion, or surgery to relieve the pressure on the irritated tendon. Dr. Wear works closely with you to develop the best treatment plan to relieve your symptoms.

What is tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow?

Tennis and golfer’s elbow occur from overuse that leads to the inflammation of the tendons in your elbow. Racket sports, such as tennis, are a common cause of tennis elbow. Playing golf can cause golfer’s elbow that affects the other side.

Both conditions occur from overuse causing inflammation and pain in the tendon in your elbow. You don’t have to play tennis or golf to get these conditions. You may experience elbow pain if your job requires repetitive motion of your elbow, like painting and lifting heavy boxes.

Both of these conditions can usually be treated with conservative measures, including:

  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories
  • Rest and splinting
  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injections

Dr. Wear may initially recommend anti-inflammatories and physical therapy to treat your tennis elbow. However, if your function is severely impaired or you are still having lingering pain after months of conservative treatment, she may recommend surgery to remove the inflamed tissue.  For management of your hand or wrist sports injury, call The Hand Center or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.