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Ask the Doctor: Tendonitis


Copyright 2024, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Dawson, W.
Journal Title: The Double Reed
Date Published: 2002
Language: English
Category: Overuse Syndrome and Musculoskeletal Injuries
Key Words: medical stress overuse injury hand tendonitis
Full Citation: Dawson, William J. Ask the Doctor: Tendonitis. The Double Reed 25, no. 3 (2002): 71-2.
Full Abstract: Tendonitis is an overused diagnosis that has become a catchall diagnosis for any problem affecting the hand, wrist or arm. It is, in fact, inflammation of a tendon or its coverings. When the tendonitis is accompanied by inflammation of the surrounding tissues where the tendon glides through tight spaces, this is referred to as tenosynovitis. The principle cause is overuse, specifically excessive repetitive motions. Symptoms are characterized by localized pain. Treatment includes rest and sometimes the use of a splint. Injections of steroids are effective as well.