Heels and elbows are common sites for tendon injuries, but you can experience them in your shoulders, knees, and wrists, too. James S. Sobiek, MD, and Donald S. Huene, MD, are board-certified orthopedic surgeons with more than 20 years of experience diagnosing and treating a variety of tendon injuries. At Sobiek and Huene Orthopedic Surgical Associates in Reno, Nevada, the doctors treat patients of all ages for tendon injuries that occur as a result of sports, work injuries, or gradual wear and tear over the years. For expert orthopedic care in a welcoming environment, call to schedule an exam or book online.
Your tendons are the tough fibers that connect your muscles to your bones. Tendon injuries around your knees, ankles, elbows, and other joints are common. Tendon injuries sometimes happen suddenly, but they’re usually the result of many small tears that occur over time.
Tendon injuries happen when a tendon tears, ruptures, or you develop tendinitis. Many tendon injuries are the result of overuse, sports-related injuries, or during everyday activities. Falls and other types of trauma can also lead to tendon injuries.
Tendinopathy refers to an injury that causes both microtears and inflammation in a tendon. Signs of tendinopathy typically include pain and stiffness in the affected tendon. You may also lose strength and mobility in the injured area.
Symptoms of a tendon injury often include:
If you rupture your Achilles tendon in your heel, you may experience severe pain and swelling near your heel and ankle. Another common sign of a ruptured Achilles tendon is the inability to bend your foot forward or push off when you try to take a step forward.
Tendinitis in your elbow or shoulder may cause inflammation and irritation so you’re unable to move your joint through its full range of motion.
If applying ice, resting the injured tendon, and other at-home treatments don’t alleviate your pain and help you regain range of motion, Drs. Sobiek and Huene evaluate your condition and recommend an effective course of treatment. You may start with physical therapy to help strengthen a weak or overused tendon, and help increase stability and mobility in the joint.
Additionally, if your injury is severe or chronic, you may need to wear a brace to immobilize the tendon as it heals. In the most severe cases, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure to repair the tendon.
Tendons often take several weeks or even a few months to fully heal, so it’s important to be patient and wait until Dr. Sobiek or Dr. Huene tells you it’s safe to resume your usual activities. If you return to a sport or leisure activity before your tendon injury fully heals, it’s easy to reinjure it and cause more damage.
To get expert relief from tendon tears, ruptures, and other injuries, schedule an exam online today, or call the office.