Have you been feeling pain around one of your joints, possibly accompanied by tenderness and mild swelling? If so, there’s a good chance that you have a case of tendonitis. Fortunately, if you’re in Durham, North Carolina, or a nearby area, you can turn to North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic for treatment. We’ve been assisting local residents with all of their orthopedic needs since 2003, and we’re pleased to offer our patients a unique combination of specialized care and personalized service.

What Is Tendonitis?

Tendonitis is characterized by the inflammation or irritation of a tendon (the thick, fibrous cord that attaches muscle to bone), often due to repetition of a certain motion. Although tendonitis can develop in any of the tendons, people most commonly experience it in their shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and heels.

How Is Tendonitis Treated?

Oftentimes, tendonitis can be treated with conservative, nonsurgical methods such as the following:

  • Resting the joint
  • Icing the area
  • Taking pain medication
  • Applying an anti-inflammatory topical cream
  • Undergoing corticosteroid injections
  • Attending physical therapy

However, in more severe cases—such as when the affected tendon ruptures or tears away from the bone—someone with tendonitis may require surgery to achieve relief.

Schedule an Appointment

If you’re concerned that you might have tendonitis, contact North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic today. Our Durham, NC, office is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and we offer next-day scheduling for our patients’ convenience. You’ll find us near the intersection of I-40 and Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard.