Because of the way tendinitis is perceived by the majority of the population it is often seen as a problem that affects those who are active or those who push themselves physically. But this is not the case. As stated, tendinitis occurs when strain is placed on the tendons and they become damaged, which is exactly what can happen when you place your wrists or forearms against the edge of table. Tendinitis in the shoulder is another common ailment for the office worker, with Biciptal Tendinitis and Rotator Cuff Tendinitis having become more and more common amongst those who spend their days working with computers.
There are not really any symptoms of tendinitis that are unique unto to itself, which can make it hard to discern amidst other repetitive strain injuries like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Having said that, it is best to be aware of the symptoms so long as you do not then self-diagnose. If you are persistently suffering from any of the following symptoms pay a visit to your GP, let them know what's the matter and make them aware of your lifestyle so that they may be given the best chance of diagnosing you correctly.
Because tendinitis is caused by inflammation your doctor may prescribe you with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory analgesics and recommend that you take time off work to rest and allow your tendons to heal. Applying ice onto the affected area may help, as the cold will reduce the swelling, but this will only alleviate your pain for a short while. Increasing your intake of antioxidants, such as Vitamin E, has been suggested as a treatment for RSI's such as tendinitis over the years, and whilst nothing official has ever been reported, studies done on athletes have shown that it can reduce the inflammation and soreness of muscles post-exercise.
When you begin treatment you ought to notice positive results within the first week and from then you should steadily improve over the next 2 months. Bear in mind however that irrelevant of whether you're fully healed or not, tendinitis can and will reoccur if you don't refrain from performing the actions that caused it initially. Ergonomic work aids, laptop stands and monitor risers – such as those available on Desktop Innovations – are very effective at warding away tendinitis and other RSI's, so you may want to consider investing in one or two to spare yourself from any future pain.