What are the Symptoms of Tendonitis and where does it occur?

What are the Symptoms of Tendonitis and where does it occur?, Knee and Shoulder InstituteTendonitis condition can quickly deteriorate if left untreated. Therefore, once the patient experiences any symptoms, they should consult with a medical professional. Board certified orthopedic surgeons Dr. Steven Thomas and Dr. Gregory Bigler provide treatments for tendonitis to patients in Las Vegas, Nevada, and surrounding locations.



Tendonitis usually causes pain in the tissues surrounding a joint, particularly when the joint has been overused during play or work. In a few cases, the joint may feel weak, and the area may become warm, red and swollen. In rare cases, tendonitis may occur due to an infection, which can have symptoms such as rashes or fever.

Other symptoms will vary depending on which tendon has been affected:


Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

This is usually marked by dull, aching shoulder pain that is not limited to just one location. It typically radiates into the upper arm toward the chest. The pain may worsen at night and cause disturbance in sleep.


Tennis Elbow

The main symptom of this condition is pain in the outer side of the elbow. In a few cases, the pain may extend down to the forearm and wrist.


Golfer’s Elbow

This is primarily marked by pain in the inner side of the elbow.


Jumper’s Knee

Pain in this case will usually be felt below the kneecap, but in a few cases, may be felt above it.


De Quervain’s Disease

The patient will experience pain at the back of the wrist, near the base of the thumb.


Achilles Tendonitis

In this case, the pain will commonly occur at the back of the heel, or two to four inches above the heel.


Areas Affected by Tendonitis


Tendonitis in the shoulder often occurs in the form of rotator cuff tendonitis. This involves the tendon of the supraspinatus muscle, which is attached to the upper part of the humerus at the shoulder joint. Other tendons of the rotator cuff are less commonly affected.

People who are typically at risk include tennis players, baseball players, swimmers, carpenters, welders and painters. The shoulder pain will occur on the same side as the dominant hand of the patient.



Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are two forms of tendonitis that occur in the elbow. Both are overuse injuries commonly occurring among athletes who play throwing and racquet sports. Tennis elbow causes pain on the outer side of the elbow joint. Golfer’s elbow causes pain on the inner side of the elbow.



Jumper’s knee is a common form of knee tendonitis, which is a common overuse injury among distance runners and basketball players.



Wrist tendonitis often occurs in the form of de Quervain’s disease, a condition that causes pain in the back of the wrist at the base of the thumb.


Achilles Tendon

Achilles tendonitis is generally caused due to overuse, particularly in sports that involve running or repeated jumping. It may also be related to poorly fitting shoes or faulty running technique.

Board certified orthopedic surgeons Dr. Thomas and Dr. Bigler receive patients from Las Vegas, Nevada, and nearby areas for tendonitis treatments.

If you would like to schedule an appointment or learn more about the Knee and Shoulder Institute procedures & treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada board certified surgeons Steven C. Thomas, MD and Gregory T. Bigler, MD. call (702) 933-9393; Physical Therapy (702) 933-9394

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