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Tendonitis: How to get rid of the agony of shoulder tendonitis!

The shoulder is a complex joint consisting of three bones (the scapula, the humerus, and the clavicle) and held together by an arrangement of ligaments, tendons, muscles, and bursae.  Shoulder pain is a common complaint.  It’s important to separate shoulder pain from referred pain coming from the neck.  Most primary shoulder pain is due to degeneration occurring in the rotator cuff or biceps tendons.  The term tendonitis is incorrect since there is very little inflammation.  The problem is tendon degeneration. Accurate diagnosis is important.  Examination with history, physical, and imaging procedures can establish the correct diagnosis. Treatment involves the use of rest, ice, physical therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises.  More aggressive measures include steroid injection, needle tenotomy with  platelet rich plasma,  and Tenex.

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow.

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a common form of painful tendon disorder involving the outside part of the elbow. Interestingly, very few people who suffer from tennis elbow actually play tennis.

Risk factors for tennis elbow include aging, repetitive motion, excessive load on the arm, and trauma.

The diagnosis is made by history, physical examination, and imaging procedures such as magnetic resonance imaging and diagnostic ultrasound.

The treatment for this disorder consists of physical therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, a tennis elbow band, and avoidance of those activities that brought the disorder on in the first place.

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy has shown some promise. The treatment of choice today is platelet rich plasma, and ultra concentrate of blood, that contains a large number of platelets. Platelets are cells that are packed with growth and healing factors. Platelet rich plasma is administered using ultrasound guidance. A more recent treatment is Tenex. This is the device that uses at an oscillating needle along with irrigation and suction to vacuum out debris. This also uses ultrasound guidance. At our institution. We use a combination of 10 ask and platelet rich plasma with excellent results. I want to stress that cortisone should not be used for tennis elbow. While it may provide short-term relief, it causes long-term tendon degeneration.

PRP Injections Help Young Athletes With UCL Tears.

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PRP Injections Help Young Athletes With UCL Tears.

John Gever writing in MedPage Today reports, “Young athletes with torn elbow ligaments, where rest and physical therapy were ineffective, quickly returned to play after receiving platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, a researcher said” during “the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Specialty Day, part of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ annual meeting.” Researcher Scott Crow, MD found that “16 of 17 teenage and young adult patients with partial ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) tears were able to return to regular play within 15 weeks of receiving PRP injection.”

Military Personnel At Increased Risk for Osteoarthritis.

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Military Personnel At Increased Risk for Osteoarthritis.

Volleyball Players Have High Incidence Of Jumper's Knee!

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Volleyball Players Have High Incidence Of Jumper’s Knee.

Amy Norton writing in Reuters reported that volleyball players, compared to six other recreational sports, have the highest incidence of patellar tendinopathy, or jumper’s knee. Researchers attribute this to the hard surfaces and constant jumping in volleyball. Anecdotes suggest that beach volleyball players have fewer knee problems. Researchers recommend rest, early treatment, and having physical therapy before the tendon degenerates. The study was published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.  And don’t forget about platelet-rich plasma PRP which is I believe the treatment of choice!

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