Shoulder & Elbow Tendonitis

What is tendonitis and how is it treated?

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What is Tendonitis?

Tendons are the strong, cord-like structures that connect muscles to bones and provide strength and flexibility. Tendonitis is a condition characterized by the inflammation and swelling of tendons.

Tendonitis is usually caused by overuse of the tendons and over time small traumas and tears to the tendon decrease the strength and stability of these tendons.

Tendonitis that affects the shoulder, elbow, knee or ankle can cause any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling

If you are experiencing the symptoms of tendonitis you should make an appointment with one of the Fellowship Trained and Board Certified Sports Medicine Specialists at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates. Once your condition is thoroughly evaluated and accurately diagnosed, an effective treatment plan will be prescribed.  Our goal is to get you back to an active and healthy lifestyle!


How is it treated?

Tendonitis can be effectively treated using nonsurgical treatment options that decrease inflammation and pain. Customized treatment plans prescribed by the Sports Medicine Specialists at Olympia Orthopaedic usually include a combination of the following:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Bracing
  • Physical therapy
  • Injections

The proper use of treatment options ensures a quick recovery. Surgery is rarely performed to treat tendonitis.

Should I Make An Appointment?

Patients who are experiencing shoulder pain should not delay a diagnosis. Effective treatment solutions are readily available when patients make an appointment with one of our Fellowship Trained and Board Certified Shoulder Specialists:

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Dr. Gregory D. Byrd

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Dr. Bradley C. Christ

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Dr. Dominic Femiano

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Dr. Tracy Hamblin

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Dr. Thomas Helpenstell

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Dr. R. Trent McKay

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Dr. Ryan E. Will

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Dr. Williams Peterson

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Dr. Jerome Zechmann

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Dr. P. Brodie Wood

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Countless patients have seen their shoulder pain reduced or eliminated shortly after they receive their treatment plan. Patients may request an appointment online or call our office.

Recent Patient Testimonials

“Dr. McKay performed a repair to my right shoulder to include my rotator cuff, removed built-up arthritis and bone spurs. I now have no pain and consider the repairs to my shoulder to be a 100% recovery.  Dr. McKay is a miracle worker, because he was not sure he could repair it all, but he did and I would recommend him to anyone!!!”
Connie T.

Treated by: R. Trent McKay, MD

“My experience with Dr. Peterson with a knee and shoulder surgeries have been very pleasant and what I consider as very well done. He is very pleasant and knowledgeable with explaining what will be done with the surgeries. Very pleased with everyone at the clinic.”
Reba M.

Treated by: William Peterson, MD

I was extremely nervous because I was afraid I had hurt myself to the point of needing surgery. Dr. Helpenstell was very pleasant and made me feel at ease from the second we met. I was no longer scared and really felt that he cared about me personally. Not just some anonymous person. I would recommend anyone to go see Dr Helpenstell.”
Cindy B.

Treated by: Thomas Helpenstell, MD


Are You Ready To Take The Next Steps?

We encourage you to contact our care coordinators or make an appointment with one of our Board-Certified & Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Specialists at Olympia Orthopaedics.

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