Tendonitis & Bursitis

Tendinopathy (Tendonitis)

Tendinopathy is a tendon injury, sometimes referred to as tendonitis. Tendons link muscles to bone. Tendinopathy is very common and is due to wear and tear on the tendon, either as a natural result of aging, or overuse. People who perform repetitive motions either as part of their jobs or while participating in athletics are more at risk for tendinopathy. Tendinopathy often causes pain, inflammation, stiffness, and weakness in the affected area.

Physical Exam: The area is checked for pain and tenderness and range of motion. Other examinations include observing a patient’s posture and movements, to help understand what may have contributed to the problem.

Rehab Management: Tendinopathy usually responds well to topical and oral anti-inflammatories, rest, Physical Therapy, Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), and Medical Acupuncture. Chronic cases may require a cortisone injection. It is also important to make any changes in the kinds of activities that may have led to the tendinopathy so it does not return or worsen.


Bursitis (bur-SY-tis) is a painful condition that affects the small, fluid-filled sacs called bursae (bur-SEE) that cushion the bones, tendons, and muscles near your joints. Bursitis occurs when bursae become inflamed.
The most common locations for bursitis are in the shoulder, elbow, and hip. You can also have bursitis of the knee, heel, and the base of your big toe. Bursitis often occurs near joints that perform the frequent repetitive motion.

Treatment typically involves resting the affected joint and protecting it from further trauma. In most cases, bursitis pain goes away within a few weeks with proper treatment, but recurrent flare-ups of bursitis are common. Bursitis usually responds well to topical and oral anti-inflammatories, Physical Therapy, Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), and a cortisone injection.