What is the Difference Between Arthritis and Tendonitis?

Posted on January 30th, 2023 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

The Difference Between Arthritis and Tendonitis 

Arthritis and tendonitis are both common musculoskeletal conditions that can cause joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and reduced range of motion. While they are often grouped together, it is important to understand their differences to receive the most effective treatment.

What is Arthritis? 

Arthritis is a medical term used to describe over 100 different types of joint diseases. These diseases can affect any joint in the body, but they most commonly affect the hands, wrists, hips, knees, and spine. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and occurs when cartilage wears away from bones due to overuse or aging. Other forms of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disorder), gout (caused by high uric acid levels), lupus (an autoimmune disorder), and psoriatic arthritis (a form of psoriasis). 

Symptoms of arthritis may include joint pain, stiffness, swelling, decreased range of motion, fatigue, fever, weight loss, or gain. 

Treatment for arthritis includes restorative therapies such as physical and occupational therapy, as well as medications such as anti-inflammatories or disease-modifying drugs.  

What is Tendonitis? 

Tendonitis is an inflammation of a tendon caused by repetitive use or overuse of a particular muscle group. It can be caused by activities such as typing on a keyboard for extended periods or engaging in sports without proper warm-up/cool-down routines. 

Symptoms for tendonitis may include localized pain around a joint area, along with tenderness when pressure is applied to the affected area. 

Treatment for tendonitis usually consists of rest, stretching exercises, and anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium if needed. In some cases, cortisone injections may be recommended to reduce inflammation in the affected area.

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