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Tendonitis Specialist

Rodolfo Navarro, MD -  - Sports Medicine Physician

Rodolfo Navarro, MD

Sports Medicine Physician & Orthopedic Physician located in San Antonio, TX

If you can’t stay off the golf course or the tennis court, that pain you’re feeling could be a tendon you’ve injured because of overuse in your sport. At Ortho San Antonio, orthopedic specialist Rudy Navarro, MD, treats tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knee, and other forms of tendonitis. To explore treatments for painful tendon injuries, call Ortho San Antonio or book an appointment online today.

Tendonitis Q&A

What is tendonitis?

Tendonitis is an inflamed or irritated section of one of your tendons. Your tendons are the strands of tissue connecting your muscles to your bones. Tendonitis causes pain and tenderness near the affected joint.

Even if you’re not familiar with the term “tendonitis,” you might recognize specific kinds of tendonitis but by different names, such as:

  • Trigger finger
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Swimmer’s shoulder
  • Pitcher’s shoulder

A similar condition to tendonitis that often gets mistaken for it is tendinopathy. Tendinopathy isn’t just inflammation; it’s the deterioration of the collagen fibers within your tendons. Both conditions appear after sudden or repeated stress on a tendon, often while playing sports.

What are the symptoms of tendonitis and tendinopathy?

The symptoms of tendonitis are concentrated in the area near the joint where the tendon is located. Symptoms of tendonitis and tendinopathy are:

  • Aching pain
  • Pain upon movement of your joint
  • A grinding sensation when you move your joint
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • A small lump on the tendon

It’s common for the symptoms of tendonitis and tendinopathy to go away with simple home care measures, like resting your joint or taking over-the-counter pain medications. However, severe untreated tendonitis can cause a tendon rupture. Ruptured tendons are highly painful and may require surgery for repair. 

What are my treatment options for tendonitis?

At Ortho San Antonio, Dr. Navarro uses non-operative measures to treat your tendonitis or tendinopathy. Treatments focus on relieving pain and subduing the inflammation at the joint so you can continue using it freely. Treatments available at Ortho San Antonio include:

Ultrasound-guided injections

Stem cell injections from fat or bone marrow and platelet-rich plasma injections that come from your blood can aid in healing tendon injuries. They may also relieve inflammation and the pain that comes with it. 

Physical therapy

Dr. Navarro may recommend physical therapy to keep your tendon strong and functional. Specific movements improve the flexibility and strength of your tendon as it heals.

To find out if your overuse injury is tendonitis or tendinopathy, call Ortho San Antonio to request an appointment or book online today.