While your muscles and bones might be in great shape, you can still experience pain and limited motion. Why? You could have an inflamed tendon, which is a condition known as tendinitis. A tendon is a fibrous cord that connects a muscle to bone.
You might already know tendinitis by some of its nicknames, which refer to the places in the body where it commonly pops up. These include tennis elbow or jumper’s knee. However, tendinitis is not limited to certain places. The Mayo Clinic notes that it can happen in any tendon. Here’s what you need to know, including the signs, symptoms, and treatment options…
Repetitive Motion Is a Culprit
As mentioned earlier, sports and other activities that have repeated motions can be a risk for developing tendinitis. Because of this, you’re likely to develop the problem in your shoulders (both swimmer’s shoulder and pitcher’s shoulder come to mind).
However, you may also experience tendinitis in the knees, elbows (i.e., golfer’s elbow), heels, or wrists, notes Healthline. It notes that, while repetitive motion is a cause, the risk of developing tendinitis increases when you’re doing movements incorrectly, which can put additional strain on a tendon.