Tendinitis Specialist

Scott M. Taylor, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Oakland, CA

Are you experiencing joint pain, making daily tasks difficult and uncomfortable? You may be suffering from tendinitis. Dr. Scott Taylor of Scott M. Taylor, M.D., A Professional Corporation in Oakland, California, is proud to provide his patients with best-in-class examinations and treatments for conditions like tendinitis. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

Tendinitis Q & A

What is tendinitis?

Tendinitis occurs when any tendon — a fibrous cord that attaches your muscle to your bone — gets irritated, damaged, or inflamed. It causes tenderness and pain close to joints.

Even though tendinitis can occur in any tendon, it's most likely to happen around your wrists, elbows, shoulders, knees, and heels.

 

What causes tendinitis?

Tendinitis can happen in several ways. It can occur through a sudden injury, such as a fall, but it's far more likely to be caused by the repetition of a particular movement over time.

Many people develop tendinitis due to hobbies or jobs that involve repetitive motions, which put ongoing stress on the tendons. Other conditions that lead to tendinitis include:

  • Arthritis and gout
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Tendon/ligament sprains and strains
  • Lateral Epicondylitis/Tennis Elbow
  • Medial Epicondylitis/Golfer’s Elbow
  • Trigger finger

 

What are the symptoms of tendinitis?

Tendinitis has a few key symptoms that can occur suddenly, or they can slowly develop over time. These symptoms include:

  • Tenderness or pain near a joint
  • Weakness around a joint
  • Stiffness and pain that restrict the movement of a joint
  • Mild swelling of a tendon near the joint

 

How is tendinitis treated?

Dr. Taylor’s treatment approach depends on the cause and severity of your case. He may start with non-invasive therapies like rest, ice, pain relievers, splints, and physical therapy.

For more serious cases, he may recommend surgery to repair torn tendons or remove diseased material. The goal of surgery is to reduce pain and restore mobility.

For a condition like an Achilles tendon rupture, Dr. Taylor uses surgery to sew the ruptured ends of the tendon back together. For tennis elbow, he may perform a procedure to remove diseased muscle and reattach healthy muscle.

If you’re noticing pain or stiffness around your joints and think you might be suffering from tendinitis, it’s essential to be properly examined and diagnosed by a medical professional.

Call or schedule an appointment online today with Scott M. Taylor, M.D., A Professional Corporation for an effective diagnosis and treatment plan.