William Schell, MD
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine/Arthroscopy located in Upper West Side, Columbus Circle, New York, NY
Tendon injuries are common among athletes and can be debilitating. Fortunately, if you’ve injured a tendon you don’t have to suffer. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. William Schell, MD, repairs tendon damage and other orthopedic injuries to reduce pain and give you the quality of life you deserve. Call his New York City office to learn more about tendon injury treatment options, or book an appointment online today.
Tendon Q & A
What are tendons?
Tendons are made of fibrous connective tissue that attach bones to muscles throughout your body. This tissue helps move the bones they’re attached to. Examples of tendons in your body are:
- Achilles tendon in the ankle
- Rotator cuff tendons in your shoulder
- Patellar tendon in your knee
When you have a sports-related or another injury that damages tendons, you might experience:
- Joint pain
- Redness or warmth
- Crunching noises
Call Dr. Schell if you experience joint pain to diagnose and treat tendon damage or other orthopedic injuries.
What are the types of tendon injuries?
Various tendon injuries are responsible for causing pain and stiffness near your joints. You may experience:
- Tendonitis, or inflammation of the tendon
- Tendinosis, which refers to tiny tears due to overuse injuries
- Tendinopathy (tendon inflammation and micro-tears)
- Larger tendon tears (partial or complete tears)
If you have a tendon injury, Dr. Schell completes a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and completes imaging tests (such as X-rays, ultrasound, or MRIs) to make a diagnosis. He’ll review his findings and treatment options with you to come up with a plan you’re most comfortable with.
How are tendon injuries treated?
Dr. Schell may recommend the following treatment options for tendon injuries, depending on the severity of your condition and the amount of pain you’re having:
- Icing the affected area every hour (or more often) during the first 72 hours
- Taking pain relieving medications
- Doing a range of motion exercises
- Physical therapy
- Surgical repair
If Dr. Schell recommends arthroscopic surgery to repair a tendon, you’re placed under general anesthesia. He makes a cut in the skin over the injured area, and repairs or replaces the damaged tendon.
A new tendon may be fixed into your bone using screws to hold it in place, and sutures are used to close incision sites. Tendon repair may be done in conjunction with other surgical procedures, or in stages as a part of multiple surgeries.
When you’re ready to ease joint pain a tendon injury causes, call Dr. Schell’s office or book an appointment online.