Our team of orthopaedic and sports medicine specialists offers expert, high-quality care for conditions affecting the bones, muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons, including tendonitis.

Tendonitis Overview

Tendons are the connective tissue between your muscles and your bones. Tendonitis occurs when the tendons become inflamed, often as the result of repetitive activity or overuse. Certain medical conditions and medications can also cause tendonitis.

Tendonitis can affect any tendon, including the Achilles tendon and those in your elbow, knee, shoulder, hip and the base of your thumb. It most commonly occurs in the knees, elbows and shoulders, and it can be either acute or chronic, meaning it may flare up repeatedly.

If you are experiencing discomfort and swelling that seems to be related to a tendon, a Hattiesburg Clinic sports medicine specialist can confirm whether tendonitis is the cause and offer a treatment plan to provide relief.

Symptoms of Tendonitis

Tendonitis is categorized by the specific part of the body it affects. The different types of tendonitis are often named after the sport that most often causes tendon inflammation in that body part, such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, pitcher’s shoulder, swimmer’s shoulder and runner’s knee.

The symptoms of tendonitis include:

  • A cracking or popping sensation or sound when you move the affected area
  • Difficulty moving the joints, particularly first thing in the morning
  • Pain in the tendon and surrounding area that worsens with movement
  • Skin discoloration
  • Stiff joints
  • Swelling
  • Thickening in the tendon

Discomfort related to tendonitis will be felt in the tendon itself and around the tendon. Tendonitis affecting the elbow, for example, causes pain and swelling where the tendon attaches to the outside part of the elbow, which is along the outer forearm when your palm is facing up.

Tendonitis Treatment

If a provider believes you are experiencing tendonitis, the diagnosis can be confirmed using a physical exam and imaging tests such as an X-ray or an MRI. Because tendonitis is caused by inflammation, basic, at-home care is often the first-line treatment for the condition.

Your provider may suggest resting the affected part of the body, along with applying ice and taking over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medications. These measures typically improve tendonitis symptoms within a couple weeks.

If these at-home care options do not provide relief from tendonitis symptoms, other treatment options may be considered, including oral or injected medications, physical therapy and surgery. Our sports medicine specialists can talk you through your options for finding relief from tendonitis and recommend a treatment plan specific to your needs.

Why Choose Hattiesburg Clinic?

When pain is limiting your movements and disrupting your daily life, the sports medicine specialists at Hattiesburg Clinic are here to help. Our team offers expert, high-quality care for conditions affecting the bones, muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons, including tendonitis. We can quickly diagnose the underlying cause of your symptoms and offer an individualized treatment plan to get you back to your best.

Contact Our Specialists Today

If you are an existing patient of a Hattiesburg Clinic sports medicine provider and are experiencing any of these symptoms, please request an appointment through your Iris account. If you are a new patient looking to receive treatment at our clinic, please contact one of our locations below.

Family Medicine
Flowood, MS
Flowood Primary Care
294 East Layfair Drive
Flowood, MS 39232
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Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine - Bellevue
Hattiesburg, MS
Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine - Bellevue
Hattiesburg Clinic - Bellevue
7148 Hwy. 98 W.
Ste. 203
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
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Sports Medicine
Hattiesburg, MS
Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
103 Medical Park
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
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Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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