Tendonitis occurs when the tendons that connect the muscle and the bone become damaged and experience inflammation. There can be a number of causes of tendonitis, including repetitive movements in work or sports or a sudden injury. This happens often among people who don’t warm up before a workout or do not know how to execute movements at work properly to avoid injury.
Tendonitis can have other causes, such as calcium deposits that cause pain. Diabetes can also weaken the tendons and make tendonitis more likely. Age and level of activity can also be factors that can increase the chances of developing tendonitis. Consistent movement, warming up, and exercising regularly are ways to prevent tendonitis. If you have a job that requires repetitive movement, talk to experts about how to move that will keep you from putting too much pressure on your tendons.
1. Repetitive Movements
If you have a job that involves repetitive movements, you may be increasing your risk of developing tendonitis. Damage to the tendons does not necessarily result from a single, traumatic injury, but can accumulate over time as you continue to do the same movements hour after hour, day after day. If you are a housecleaner, carpenter or painter, your job may put a strain on your tendons, so you should be on the lookout for signs of tendonitis.
Sometimes tendonitis is called Repetitive Stress Injury, but what is affected is specifically the tendons and not the joints, the bones are other parts of the wrist, elbow or knee. If you have tendonitis as the result of repetitive movement, you don’t have to change jobs or switch sports, but contact a physical therapist on how to move in a way that will take pressure off your tendons.