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Tendinitis: causes, symptoms, treatments

Residents of Illinois who are over the age of 40 should be aware of a condition called tendinitis: the inflammation or irritation of the tendons, especially those in the elbow, shoulder, hips, knees, Achilles tendon and base of the thumb. As people age, their tendons become less elastic, less tolerant of stress and more vulnerable to tears. Combine this with repetitive impacts, no matter how mild, as well as more serious injuries, and people raise their risk for tendinitis.

Various activities can cause the development of the condition, such as gardening, raking, shoveling, house cleaning, painting and carpentry. Sports like golf, tennis and baseball, for pitchers especially, will hurt the tendons. Office workers are not immune since poor posture also increases the risk. "Weekend warriors" who overexert themselves during exercise will not be doing their body a favor.

Preexisting conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, gout and thyroid disorders raise the chances for tendinitis. Infections, such as from a cat or dog bite, cause tendinitis too. Symptoms include sudden, severe pain and "frozen shoulder," or a loss of motion.

In addition to icing the injury and getting plenty of rest, one could treat tendinitis with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs. If it doesn't recover after a week, more serious treatment may be required. Corticosteroid injections could reduce swelling, and range-of-motion exercises help work wonders on frozen shoulders.

When workers incur tendinitis or another repetitive motion injury, they could still be covered for short- and long-term medical expenses thanks to the workers compensation program. The benefits paid out might also cover a percentage of the wages they lost. The state allows workers to strive for a settlement, in which case workers may want a lawyer to represent them at the hearing. If the claim is denied, the lawyer might then mount an appeal.

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