What is Tendinitis?


Tendinitis is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon, a thick cord that attaches bone to muscle. The condition causes pain and tenderness just outside a joint. It is most often caused by repetitive, minor impact on the affected area, or from a sudden more serious injury.

Incorrect posture at work or home or poor conditioning before exercise or playing sports also increases a person’s risk. While tendinitis can occur in any of your tendons, it’s most common around your shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and heels.

Most cases of tendinitis can be successfully treated with rest, physical therapy and medications to reduce pain. If tendinitis is severe and leads to the rupture of a tendon, you may need surgery.

The cause of the inflammation may be unknown, or it may result from:

  • Infection
  • Sudden injury
  • Strain
  • Repetition of a movement over time

The wrists, hands, and feet are the most commonly affected.  However, the condition may occur with any tendon sheath.

Medical Marijuana and Tendinitis


The goal of treatment is to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.  Rest or keeping the affected tendons still is essential for recovery. You may want to use a splint or a removable brace to help keep the tendons still.  Applying heat or cold to the affected area should help reduce the pain and inflammation.

Using medical marijuana might help reduce both pain and swelling with little or no side effects. Some patients find the most relief from placing topical concentrates on the affected area. This could provide relief directly to the area without any other effects commonly associated with internally ingesting marijuana.

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Data last updated 12/03/2019