Do you suffer from relentless pain in your joints and are unsure of the cause? Gout and tendonitis are two common medical conditions that can cause severe joint pain and mobility issues. In order to treat each condition properly, it’s important to understand the differences between them. In this blog post, we will explain what gout is, what causes it, its symptoms, as well as how it differs from tendonitis so that you have the knowledge necessary to get proper treatment for yourself or a loved one who may be suffering from these conditions.
What is Gout?
A gout is a form of arthritis, which is an inflammatory joint disease where uric acid crystals accumulate in and around the joints. Gout has been nicknamed “the disease of kings” due to its prevalence amongst people of nobility historically, but it can affect anyone!
- Gout develops when urate levels become too high within the body, leading to deposits that cause pain, swelling, and inflammation. Gout attacks are often sudden and painful, with intense swelling at the affected joint.
- Treatment for gout usually involves medications aimed at lower urate levels over time, as well as lifestyle changes like avoiding alcohol or high-purine foods like red meat. If left untreated gout may lead to more serious complications like kidney stones or damage to cartilage and other tissues.
- Gout can be managed, however, through medical assistance and lifestyle modifications so it is important to pay attention to any persistent signs of discomfort or inflammation in order to get treated early.
What is Tendonitis?
- Tendonitis refers to an inflammatory condition of the tendons, the fibrous tissues that attach muscles to bones. Tendonitis can cause pain and swelling in the affected area, particularly during everyday activities like walking or even bending over.
- There are many different types of Tendonitis including tendinosis (degeneration of the tendon) and peritenonitis (the irritation to a tendon’s fibrous sleeve). Any joint can be affected by Tendonitis and it is a common complaint among athletes, manual labourers and seniors.
- The causes vary depending on the type but can include sudden physical strain, repetitive motions or even age-related wear and tear. The most common treatment for Tendonitis is rest combined with ice therapy, medication, or a combination of both. Physiotherapy may also be recommended to help loosen tight muscles and prevent further Tendonitis flare-ups.
Difference between Gout and Tendonitis
Gout and Tendonitis are both common types of painful joint conditions, however, they have distinct differences.
- Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the blood that crystallizes around joints and tendons causing unbearable pain and swelling.
- Gout usually presents itself quickly in one single joint at a time with sudden pain and swelling in the affected area whereas Tendonitis is inflammation of the tendons caused by repetitive movements such as lifting heavy objects or playing sports over a long period of time.
- Patients often experience mild to severe discomfort while doing any movement involving the affected tendon.
Gout can typically be treated through medications to reduce uric acid levels in the blood while Tendonitis may require rest and physical therapy.
If you are unsure about what is causing your pain, it is always best to consult with a doctor. However, if you think you might have gout or tendonitis, there are some key differences between the two conditions that can help you narrow down your self-diagnosis. Gout is characterized by sudden and severe attacks of pain, tenderness, redness, warmth, and swelling in joints. It often affects the big toe but can also affect other joints such as the ankles, knees, elbows, wrists, and fingers.
Tendonitis is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon — the thick cord that attaches muscle to bone. The most common symptom of tendonitis is pain near where the tendon attaches to the bone. So remember: gout equals joint pain while tendonitis equals muscle pain. If you’re still experiencing symptoms after trying home remedies for either condition, be sure to schedule an appointment with your doctor to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.”