Tendonitis Specialist

San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc.

Orthopedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialist located in San Diego, CA

Tendonitis in your shoulder, knee, or another joint can keep you from participating in activities you enjoy. San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. is home to a tendon pain center program, and their office in San Diego is one of the few on the West Coast to offer extracorporeal shock wave treatment (ESWT). The practice also pioneered TOPAZ radiofrequency therapy for tendonitis. Get the help you deserve by scheduling a consultation online or by phone today.

Tendonitis Q & A

What is tendonitis?

Tendonitis occurs when your tendon becomes inflamed as part of your body’s natural response to an injury, repetitive stress, or disease. The symptoms of tendonitis depend on where your injury is located, but may include:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Irritation
  • Joint weakness

The area also may appear red and feel warm to the touch.

What are the types of tendonitis?

Tendonitis that doesn’t go away is called chronic. Chronic tendonitis can appear in many areas of your body, including but not limited to:

  • Shoulder (rotator cuff)
  • Ankle (Achilles tendon)
  • Elbow (tennis or golfer’s elbow)
  • Foot (plantar fasciitis)
  • Knee (patellar tendonitis)

In addition, pain on the back of your wrist may be a sign of de Quervain's tenosynovitis, a condition where the tendons in your thumb become inflamed.

How is tendonitis diagnosed?

Your doctor at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. diagnoses tendonitis based on a physical exam and by asking questions about your symptoms. Your doctor looks for symptoms such as swelling, tenderness, and muscle weakness near the sore tendon.

You may be asked to lift your arm above your head or bend your wrist. Although these movements may hurt, they help your doctor to determine which tendon is affected.

How is tendonitis treated?

The treatment depends on the location and severity of your tendonitis, among other factors. Your doctor may begin with conservative treatments, such as rest, a splint, or anti-inflammatory medications.

If conservative treatment isn’t working, San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. offers state-of-the-art treatments, such as extracorporeal shock wave treatment and TOPAZ radiofrequency therapy.

Extracorporeal shock wave treatment

This noninvasive method uses pulses of low-energy shock waves to inhibit pain signals at the cellular level. Your treatment plan includes one treatment a week for three weeks.

Topaz radiofrequency therapy

The treatment involves inserting a wand-like device into a small incision to deliver low-temperature radiofrequency energy. The procedure, which breaks up the damaged tissues, takes less than 20 minutes.

In some cases, your doctor may recommend platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment, which uses platelets from your own blood to promote a healing response.

If you’re ready for effective care for tendonitis, perhaps it’s time to rely on the expertise of the tendon pain center program at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. Call the office or book a consultation online today.


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