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Tendonitis Specialist

Daniel Loder, MD

Pain Management & Orthobiologic Treatment located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA, & Torrance, CA

Many active adults are used to pushing through the pain or ignoring mild pain, figuring it will get better. But ignoring pain caused by tendonitis can result in a weak tendon and a complete rupture. Double board-certified pain specialist Daniel Loder, MD, and his team in Beverly Hills, Torrance, and Manhattan Beach, California, have helped many patients overcome tendonitis with personalized treatments that effectively relieve the pain and promote tendon healing. To schedule an appointment, call one of the Los Angeles area offices or book an appointment online today.

Tendonitis

What causes tendonitis?

Tendonitis is a general term referring to inflammation of a tendon. An inflamed tendon can have a serious impact on your ability to stay active because tendons attach muscles to bones.

Tendonitis often develops due to:

  • Tendon strain (overstretching or tearing the tendon)
  • Repetitive movement (overuse injuries)
  • Suddenly increasing the length or intensity of exercise or training
  • Inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Calcium deposits on the tendon

When tendonitis goes untreated, the inflammation causes progressive damage to the tendon, putting you at risk of a tendon rupture.

What symptoms develop due to tendonitis?

Tendonitis primarily causes pain, swelling, and difficulty in using the affected area. Depending on the tendon’s location, tendonitis can have an impact beyond the immediate injury. For example, shoulder tendonitis can limit movement in your arm, wrist, and hand.

What are the most common types of tendonitis?

These are a few examples of common types of tendonitis:

  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Tennis elbow
  • Swimmer’s shoulder
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Bicep tendonitis

Your ankle is also very susceptible to tendonitis.

How is tendonitis treated?

Tendonitis often responds to conservative therapies such as rest, compression, gentle stretching exercises, and avoiding the activity that caused the inflammation.

The Daniel Loder, MD, team may recommend a corticosteroid injection to help reduce the inflammation and diminish your pain. You may also need physical therapy to improve the strength and flexibility of the tendon.

When your pain persists, your provider talks with you about advanced regenerative and interventional treatment options.

How does regenerative medicine improve tendonitis?

Compared to other tissues in your body, most tendons have a limited supply of blood. This is a problem because blood delivers the oxygen and regenerative cells —orthobiologic treatments— needed for the tendon to heal.

Your provider can make up for the lack of blood by injecting concentrated orthobiologic treatments. These regenerative treatments speed up healing, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.

How does interventional medicine relieve the pain of tendonitis?

Interventional procedures do an exceptional job of relieving pain by reducing inflammation and stopping nerves from sending pain messages to your brain. The type of interventional procedure you may need depends on the location and severity of your tendonitis.

A few examples of interventional treatments include:

  • Nerve blocks
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Joint injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Spinal cord stimulation 

To learn more about your options for managing tendonitis pain, call Daniel Loder, MD, or schedule an appointment online.