Magazine article USA TODAY

Stopping Pain of Tendinitis

Magazine article USA TODAY

Stopping Pain of Tendinitis

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Tendons are fibrous bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones. Without them, muscles could not do their job of moving different parts of the body. They transmit the power of the muscle contraction to just the right spot on a bone so that the muscle may do its work properly. Different circumstances can cause tendons to become inflamed or irritated, a condition that is classified as tendonitis.

A person suffering from tendonitis may experience discomfort and tenderness over the area where the affected tendon is located. Movement of the area may prove to be extremely painful. Since tendons usually cross over a joint before connecting to a bone, the most common areas affected are shoulders, elbows, knees, and ankles.

What causes tendonitis? Overuse or misuse of a muscle may place extreme tension on a tendon and cause it injury. Trauma also can bring it on. Calcification of the damaged tendon may result and cause further or continued discomfort after the original damage is healed. …

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