Tendonitis is the medical term for inflammation of that part of a muscle that attaches to bone which is known as a tendon. The most common forms of tendonitis are tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow and Achilles tendon. Repetitive strain injury is also included within tendonitis – this being inflammation of the tendons of the forearm muscles that control the fingers.

The symptoms are usually that of a sharp pain associated with a persistent ache. The pain is worse on movement – the more work being done, the more pain being expressed.

A persistent tendonitis that is resistant to treatment may be associated with the overlying meridian or energy channel. An assessment by a complementary medical practitioner with a knowledge in this area is of use.


Around most joints lies a nutrient and lubricating fluid called the synovial fluid. This is encased by a membrane known as the synovial membrane. Very often when a tendon or a joint area becomes inflamed the synovial membrane follows suit. This condition is known as synovitis and when in conjunction with an inflamed tendon is termed tenosynovitis.

Trigger ringer

Trigger finger is a condition in which the flexion or extension of a finger is at first obstructed but suddenly accompanied by a jerk or a sweep that is usually painful. It is due to a chronic tendonitis.


Either ice or heat will relieve discomfort. Try both to see which is best.

Rest the area as much as possible. Do not work the muscle beyond endurance.

Select a vitamin B complex and take the daily recommended dose with each meal for three days. For those aged 14 years or more, manganese and vitamin C should be taken with each meal. An Arnica cream can be applied three times a day to the injury and if this is not available take one teaspoonful of cayenne pepper to two tablespoonfuls of a vitamin E cream , mix thoroughly and apply to the area once a day, leaving it on for 20min. Wash this off and be careful not to allow the compound to enter cuts because it will sting.

Consult your preferred homeopathic manual and pay attention to Arnica, Bryonia, Rhus toxicodendron and Ruta.

Both acupuncture and acupressure can be curative, especially in association with osteopathy. Tendonitis can lead to a poor use of that muscle group, leaving the other side of the body more dependent and therefore leading to structural malalignment.

Before resorting to anti-inflammatory drugs, you might consider bee venom injections. This requires a specialist to administer and be careful if you have any form of sensitivity.