Can tendonitis turn into arthritis?

Before we answer this question, let’s first understand what is tendonitis. It is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon, which is a thick cord that attaches bone to muscle. The most common places where this condition occurs is base of the thumb, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, Achilles tendon.

Tendonitis is most often caused by repetitive, minor impact on the affected area, or from a sudden more serious injury. Activities that can cause it include gardening, cleaning the house, shoveling, painting, scrubbing, tennis, throwing. Incorrect posture at work or home or poor stretching before exercise or playing sports also increase a person’s risk.

Symptoms of tendonitis

The symptoms of tendonitis include:

  • Pain at the site of the tendon and surrounding area
  • Loss of motion in the shoulder, called frozen shoulder

When we talk about arthritis, it’s also a condition that causes pain and inflammation in joints.

While tendonitis affects tendons, arthritis affects cartilage that connects bones in a joint.  Unlike tendonitis, which tends to heal faster, arthritis is usually a long-term condition that increases as one gets older. An important thing to note is that while arthritis can cause tendonitis, tendonitis cannot cause arthritis. 

Whenever we have joint pains or stiffness or discomfort in area of the body, we should first consult a specialist to get the correct diagnosis. Whether it’s tendonitis or arthritis, early treatment plays an important role in relieving discomfort and improving joint movement.

For tendonitis, your doctor may prescribe rest, painkillers or anti-inflammatory medication.

How does Physiotherapy aid?

Physiotherapy, a mode of treatment where therapists use physical methods like massage, heat pads, ice packs, exercise to relieve pain and maximize movement, plays a key role in the rehabilitation process.

Physiotherapy helps in improving mobility, increasing strength support to joints and helps the patient regain the fitness and ability to perform daily activities.

Nowadays, many healthcare companies provide physiotherapy treatments right in the comfort of home. This helps patients avoid the hassle of travelling to a hospital and allows them to recover in the familiar surroundings of one’s home.

You too can avail quality physiotherapy services at the comfort of your home from HealthCare atHOME. The clinical team first does an assessment and then works towards an outcome based treatment plan.

Nip the pain in the bud by getting diagnosed early and then availing the correct treatment to live a pain-free life.


To know more about related medical conditions, their common signs and symptoms and treatment, read the following:

7 Home Remedies for Arthritis That Actually Work
Physiotherapy for Knee Osteoarthritis
Eating Right for Osteoarthritis (OA) of the Knee

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