Tendonitis Specialist

Valerius Medical Group & Research Center

Rheumatologists located in Los Alamitos, CA

Whether it’s from being a golfer or engaging in regular, repetitive movements at work, pain in the shoulder, elbows, and other joints can put a damper on doing the activities you enjoy. The team at Valerius Medical Group & Research Center in Los Alamitos Long Beach, CA, provides treatment to patients that helps eliminate pain associated with tendonitis and bursitis and prevent it from recurring. Nathaniel Neal, MD, and Rebekah Neal, MD, offer a range of treatment options. Contact the office to learn more or schedule your appointment online today.

Tendonitis Q & A

What is tendonitis?

Tendonitis occurs when there’s inflammation or irritation in your tendons, the thick and fibrous cords that attach your muscles and bones. This inflammation causes pain and tenderness in the joints and may lead to mild swelling.

Tendonitis is often the result of regular, repetitive movements of the:

  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • Wrists
  • Knees
  • Heels

Without proper treatment, tendonitis can lead to your tendon rupturing, which may need surgical repair.

What is bursitis?

Similar to tendonitis, bursitis is the inflammation of the bursa, the fluid-filled sac that rests between body tissues, including bones, muscles, tendons, and skin. Your bursa lubricates these tissues and decreases rubbing, friction, and irritation.

Bursitis, like tendonitis, can lead to pain and tenderness around your joints, as well as mild swelling. It also causes mobility issues and, in extreme cases, can lead to things like frozen shoulder.

Bursitis typically occurs in those who are over age 40 and is often associated with other conditions such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Thyroid disease

How are tendonitis and bursitis treated?

When it comes to treating tendonitis and bursitis, the severity of your pain influences the recommended treatment. In many cases, the team at Valerius Medical Group & Research Center recommend at-home remedies.

To treat these inflammatory conditions, your rheumatologist may suggest following a RICE regimen:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

While resting your joint is necessary, be sure to start gently moving it within a few days to reduce stiffness and encourage the restoration of full mobility.

Dr. Nathaniel and Dr. Rebekah may also recommend taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Advil® or Tylenol®, to manage your pain.

In more severe cases, or if your symptoms don’t improve with RICE, you may need a more aggressive treatment. Your rheumatologist may take an X-ray to rule out other issues. They may also suggest taking a corticosteroid to reduce inflammation or offer tendon or bursa injections.

Dr. Nathaniel or Dr. Rebekah may also recommend physical therapy to strengthen your muscles and tendons, as well as teach you the proper technique for moving your joints.

When you have joint pain or swelling that’s keeping you from doing what you love, contact Valerius Medical Group & Research Center today. Call the office to schedule your appointment or book it easily online.