The thick fibrous cords that attach muscles to bones are the tendons. Tendinitis is a painful condition that refers to the inflammation or irritation of a tendon and causes tenderness just outside a joint. Tendinitis can occur in any tendon but most often appears around the elbows, wrists, shoulders, knees, and heels.
Since tendinitis is common in those who do repetitive activities, it often results from gardening, landscaping, shoveling, painting, woodworking, scrubbing, or sports like tennis, golf, baseball, or skiing. Some common tendinitis problems are known as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, swimmer’s shoulder, pitcher’s shoulder, and jumper’s knee.
While the best tendonitis treatment usually involves rest, pain medication, and physiotherapy, LLLT has also been shown to be effective when used in specifically recommended dosages. Twelve positive studies suggest strong evidence that positive outcomes are associated with the use of current dosage recommendations for the treatment of tendinopathy.