Tendonitis, also known as tendinitis, is the inflammation of the tendons. Tendon is what connects the bones to muscles. This problem can occur from rupture, partial tear or complete tear of the tendon. Although tendonitis can happen in any part of the body, the most common places that get affected are shoulders, hips, feet, elbows and wrists.

Causes Of Tendonitis:

Tendonitis usually occurs from repetitive movement for a long time or if strenuous activities are undertaken without warming up first. Tendonitis of certain body parts are often named after the sports that cause them such as swimmer’s shoulder, pitcher’s shoulder, tennis elbow and jumper’s knee.

Tendonitis is prevalent among adults, especially people over the age of 40. Over time the elasticity and flexibility of tendons start to decrease. Certain ailments like gout, diabetes, lupus and Reiter’s syndrome can also weaken the tendons and cause tendonitis.

Following are some of the activities that cause this problem:

  • Skiing
  • Carpentry
  • Raking
  • Shoveling
  • Painting
  • Scrubbing
  • Gardening
  • Golf


The symptoms of tendonitis can appear over a period of time or suddenly. The most common symptom is pain, which can be dull, aching, sharp or burning. The pain usually remains near the tendon and does not spread to other parts of the body. In some cases the person might note a bump that makes a popping noise. Other symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Weakness
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness

Loss of movement in shoulder or “Frozen Shoulder” is often seen in case of shoulder tendonitis. There are often specific symptoms depending on the part of the body affected.

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis: When the rotator cuff in the shoulder gets inflamed due to forceful or a jerking movement as in throwing a ball. This is why it is also called pitcher’s shoulder.

Bicep Tendonitis: When the tendon that connects to the front of your arm becomes irritated from repetitive movement resulting in the inflammation of the tendon (this condition can occur along with rotator cuff tendonitis).

Achilles Tendonitis: Sharp pain every time you step on the ground. Sometimes there might be complete loss of sensitivity or strength in the foot.

Trigger Finger Tendonitis Or Flexor Digital Tenosynovitis: This type of tendonitis often affects people suffering from diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. The tendon becomes thick which causes the finger to bend.

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis (De Quervain’s syndrome): The tendon sheath that extends above the wrist gets affected. Excessive wriggling of the wrist is the main cause. There will be pain in holding things, writing or even forming a fist.

Supraspinatus Tendon (Shoulder): When the tendon on the top of the shoulder gets inflamed. It can lead to frozen or locked shoulder meaning no movement in shoulder.

Celcific Tendon: When the calcium phosphate crystals begin to form near tendons. This type of tendonitis is usually the most painful.

For curing tendonitis you need adequate rest. To get relief from the pain you can take ibuprofen. In some cases surgery can also be the solution. Taking the help of your physician is the best choice. A chiropractor can effectively treat the pain of shoulder or hip tendonitis.