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Types of Tendonitis

Different Types of Tendonitis

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Updated July 16, 2014

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Tendonitis can occur in any tendon in the body, but tends to occur in one of a small handful of the hundreds of tendons scattered throughout our body. The reason these tendons are prone to injury is the result of problems with the blood supply to the area of concern. In these situations, poor blood supply within the so-called "watershed zone" of the tendon leads to a tendency for problems. Some of the types of tendonitis that are seen most frequently include:
  • Wrist Tendonitis
    Wrist tendonitis is a common problem that can cause pain and swelling around the wrist. Wrist tendonitis is due to inflammation of the tendon sheath. Treatment of wrist tendonitis usually does not require surgery.

  • Achilles Tendonitis
    Achilles tendonitis causes pain and swelling in the back of the heel. Understanding this common problem can help with treatment and help to avoid serious complications such as Achilles tendon rupture.

  • Posterior Tibial Tendonitis Tendonitis
    Occuring near Achilles tendonitis, posterior tibial tendonitis is less common, but should be considered in people with symptoms on the inner side of the ankle. Left untreated, posterior tibial tendonitis can result in a flat foot.

  • Patellar (Kneecap) Tendonitis
    Patellar tendonitis, or inflammation of the patellar tendon, is a condition often called Jumper's Knee. Treatment of patellar tendonitis usually consists of rest and anti-inflammatory medication.

  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
    Many patients who have pain are told by their doctor they have shoulder bursitis or rotator cuff tendonitis; learn more about rotator cuff tendonitis and available treatments.

  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
    Tennis elbow is actually a type of tendonitis that causes pain over the outside of the elbow. Commonly associated with people who play tennis, lateral epicondylitis can occur in people who perform other sports or repetitive activities of the wrist and elbow.

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