Tendinitis and bursitis are two common conditions that cause swelling around muscles and bones. Often caused by overuse or stress on a joint, tendinitis and bursitis can becoming recurring and chronic in certain individuals. If you feel as though you’re suffering from either of these conditions, please contact Susan Baker, M.D. today. As a board-certified rheumatologist in Beverly Hills, Dr. Baker diagnoses and treats a variety of musculoskeletal and connective tissue diseases. Call (310) 274-7770 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Baker today!
What is Tendinitis?
Tendinitis (literally meaning “inflammation of the tendon”) is an inflammatory disease that affects the tendons connecting muscle to bone. Tendinitis can occur all throughout the body, including the elbow (tennis elbow), shoulder (pitcher’s shoulder), and knee (jumper’s knee).
Though the names for various forms of tendinitis are all sports-themed, one does not have to be highly active to be affected by the condition. Simple activities such as gardening, painting, and scrubbing are potential risk factors for tendon irritation, and even poor posture can increase a patient’s risk for the condition.
Common symptoms of tendonitis include the following:
- Pain when moving an affected joint
- Swelling in affected joint
Though some forms of tendonitis can be more severe than others, the vast majority of tendonitis cases are easily treatable, provided that patients make temporary adjustments to lifestyle and follow their doctor’s orders.
What is Bursitis?
Bursitis is a condition that affects the bursa: pads that act as cushions between moving structures (tendons, muscle, and bone). Commonly occurring near joints that perform frequent and repetitive motions (like elbows or shoulders), bursitis can also affect areas of the body like the big toe or heel.
Symptoms of bursitis commonly include:
- Swelling and warmth in the affected joint
- Pain when touching or moving the affected joint
Like tendonitis, the symptoms and pain associated with bursitis can be alleviated through various simple treatment measures. If bursitis doesn’t respond to a patient’s self-measures or resolve itself within a few days, it’s recommended that a patient contact a rheumatologist like Dr. Baker.
Causes of Tendinitis and Bursitis
Although they can be caused by injury, most cases of tendinitis and bursitis are caused by repetitive movements that cause stress or irritation. To help avoid tendinitis when playing sports, it’s important to use proper techniques when performing frequent and repetitive motions. Improper techniques can result in the formation of tendinitis.
Similar to tendinitis, bursitis is caused by irritation of joints through repetitive motions. Leaning on an elbow for a long period of time, sitting on hard surfaces, and prolonged kneeling are all risk factors for the formation of bursitis.
Treatment for Tendinitis and Bursitis
An antibiotic medication will help to alleviate the swelling that is occurring within the joints. For tendinitis, corticosteroids are often used to reduce symptoms. Additionally, pain relievers can help relieve the discomfort associated with these conditions.
Physical therapy can help you regain muscle strength and range of motion to your affected joints.
- Resting the injured area
- Icing the area
- Avoiding pressure on the injured area.
To help prevent tendonitis and bursitis in the first place, it’s important that you change the way you perform certain tasks. Improving your technique during specific exercises or activities can have a positive effect on your tendons or bursa. Other simple preventative measures include:
- Use kneepads when kneeling to prevent injury to the bursa in the knee
- Stretch before exercises
- Lift properly to reduce stress placed on the hips
If these conservative measures are not helping in the reduction and elimination of the condition, patients should contact a rheumatologist. Treatment can overcome tendinitis and bursitis through medication and therapy.
To learn more about tendinitis and bursitis treatment, visit www.rheumatology.org
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who gets tendinitis and bursitis?
A: Although tendinitis and bursitis commonly affect older individuals, they can occur in people of any age. If you work in a profession that requires repetitive movements (carpet laying, tile laying, gardening), you’re at an increased risk for developing either one of the conditions.
Q: How are tendonitis and bursitis diagnosed?
A: In most cases, a doctor can diagnose tendinitis and bursitis simply by examining the affected joint. In very rare cases, imaging tests (like x-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be used.
If you’re suffering from tendinitis or bursitis, please contact Dr. Susan Baker today. At her Beverly Hills practice, Dr. Baker’s goal is to provide her patients with the care they need. Call (310) 274-7770 or fill out the online contact form to schedule an appointment today.
Contact Beverly Hills Rheumatologist Dr. Baker
If you or a loved one is feeling the effects of tendinitis or bursitis, know that relief can be found through effective rheumatology treatment. Dr. Susan Baker can provide you with the tailored care that you need today. Call (310) 274–7770 or contact her online to learn more about what Dr. Baker can do for you.
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