Should I see an orthopedic doctor for tendonitis?

Can an orthopedic doctor help with tendonitis?

The orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy are specialists in diagnosing and treating bursitis and tendonitis.

What does an orthopedic do for tendonitis?

If tendonitis is severe and leads to the rupture of a tendon, surgical repair may be required. In most cases, however, tendonitis can be successfully treated with rest, medications to reduce pain and inflammation, and physical therapy.

What kind of doctor should I see for tendonitis?

You may initially discuss your signs and symptoms with your family doctor, but you may need referral to a specialist in sports medicine or rheumatology — the treatment of conditions that affect the joints.

What type of doctor treats tendon problems?

Ligament and tendon injuries are common, especially among athletes, and they can cause significant pain and loss of mobility. In the Sutter Health network, orthopedic surgeons provide a range of treatments to repair damage to the knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist.

Can Physical therapists diagnose tendonitis?

Your physical therapist will gently touch your shoulder in specific areas to determine which tendon or tendons are inflamed, and special tests may need to be performed to determine this. How Can a Physical Therapist Help? It is important to get proper treatment for tendinitis as soon as it occurs.

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Can you see tendonitis on an ultrasound?

The ultrasound can easily detect the swelling and inflammation of tendinitis or the chronic degenerative changes of tendinosis.

What is the best cream for tendonitis?

What is the best cream for tendonitis? Mild tendonitis pain can be effectively managed with topical NSAID creams such as Myoflex or Aspercreme.

Can tendonitis be seen on MRI?

Tendinitis, also called overuse tendinopathy, typically is diagnosed by a physical exam alone. If you have the symptoms of overuse tendinopathy, your doctor may order an ultrasound or MRI scans to help determine tendon thickening, dislocations and tears, but these are usually unnecessary for newly diagnosed cases.

What happens if tendonitis goes untreated?

Complications of Tendon Inflammation

If tendonitis is left untreated, you could develop chronic tendonitis, a tendon rupture (a complete tear of the tendon), or tendonosis (which is degenerative). Chronic tendonitis can cause the tendon to degenerate and weaken over time.

What happens if tendonitis gets worse?

Stiffness in the joint near the affected area. Movement or mild exercise of the joint usually reduces the stiffness. But a tendon injury typically gets worse if the affected tendon is not allowed to rest and heal. Too much movement may make existing symptoms worse or bring the pain and stiffness back.

Can stretching make tendonitis worse?

The more severe the tendinopathy, the less likely stretching would help. In fact, stretching results in further compression of the tendon at the irritation point, which actually worsens the pain. For more information on exercises that help improve an insertional tendinopathy see our blog on Achilles Tendinopathy.

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What supplements heal tendons?

Oral supplementation of hydrolyzed type 1 collagen, arginine L-alpha-chetoglutarate, MSM, and bromelain has a potential benefic role in tendon healing, lowering the pain due to tendinopathy.