Tendons attach muscles to bone. When tendons become injured, whether from a traumatic event or overuse, inflammation occurs in the tendon which is called tendonitis. As with many injuries, conservative treatment such as physical therapy to evaluate the mechanics associated with the injury, can be all that is needed. Oral and topical antiinflammatories can also help address the symptoms of the inflammation. PRP or growth factor injections are gaining in popularity for curing tendinitis. We have seen dramatic results from PRP even in the setting of partial tendon tears at the elbow, knee, shoulder and ankle.
A recent study suggested that meniscus surgery doesn't help. Studies can be misleading. Even small losses of meniscus tissue lead to big changes in force concentration on the tibia (shin bone) and eventually arthritis.