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Tendonitis is described only briefly. For more
information, please refer to the relevant text or your medical
Common Causes of Tendonitis:
- Repetitive strain on
Repetitive strain is by far the most common cause of
tendonitis. Repetitive strain can some in many forms and from
many sources. Tendonitis of the elbow, bicep, shoulder and
hand is often developed by individuals that work on factory
production lines due to the repetitive nature of the work
involved. Sports professionals (like golfers and tennis
players) often develop tendonitis from the repetitive
movements in their sports.
- Age related tendon
As the human body gets older the tendons get harder and lose
their elasticity. This means that the joint is no longer as
free to move and often flexibility is lost. As individuals get
older they are much more prone to develop tendonitis. The
cause of tendonitis from age is still not fully understood.
It's suggested that as the body ages the change in blood
vessels effects the tendons.
- Putting the tendon
under too much strain
This is the leading cause of tendonitis amongst strength
athletes and bodybuilders. Tendonitis is developed when the
individual puts the tendon under too much strain without
properly warming up or under strain that the tendon simply
cannot handle. This tendonitis cause can easily be avoided by
using correct training techniques and exercise form.
- As a result of
It is not uncommon for tendonitis to develop as a result of
another tendon or joint injury. For example, shoulder
tendonitis is often developed after a rotator cuff injury and
knee tendonitis can be developed after having knee surgery. In
these cases tendonitis usually develops because the injury has
not completely healed. This cause of tendonitis can easily be
avoided by getting sufficient rest for the joint to recover
from an injury completely.
- As a result of
In some cases diseases like
rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes
may cause tendonitis to occur. These cases are often rare and
only occur when the individual puts the tendon under an
unusual amount of pressure or strain.
- Thermal injury to
Thermal injury is generally a very uncommon cause of
tendonitis. Thermal injury is often experienced by outdoor
mountain climbers, rock climbers and hikers. In most cases the
affected areas are the hands, wrists, ankles and feet.
- Anatomical cause of
Anatomy is a rare cause of tendonitis. If the tendon does not
have a smooth surface area in which to work against it will
often become inflamed and irritated quite easily. In these
situations surgery is often required to rectify the problem.