Applies to: Elbow/Hand/Wrist, Foot/Ankle, Hip, Knee, Neck, Shoulder


Tendonitis commonly causes painful swelling around muscles and bones. Symptoms are often experienced in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, or ankle. Repeated injuries to one local area usually cause tendonitis.

Risk increases with age. Infections, arthritis, and diabetes can cause tendon swelling.

These are things that you can do to minimize your risk of getting tendonitis and to reduce flare-ups if you already suffer from this condition:

  • Regularly exercise with a good warm-up to strengthen the muscles around the joints
  • Taking frequent breaks from repetitive tasks
  • Cushioning the affected joint
  • Increasing the gripping surface on tools by using gloves, grip tape, or other padding
  • Positioning your body properly when doing daily tasks and spreading the load when handling heavy objects
  • Beginning new activities or exercises slowly

Our physical therapists can help you learn techniques to reduce re-injury and relieve pain.