Tendonitis Ends an Era for Legendary Rock Band

Tendonitis Ends an Era for Legendary Rock Band

This year, fans of heavy metal and the band, Rush, will witness the end of an era as the band wraps up its last tour because Canadian-born drummer, Neil Peart, has chronic tendonitis. Admittedly, his tendinitis is in his arms and shoulders, not his feet, but 40 years of playing has taken its toll on his body putting an end to big tours.

Tendinitis is an inflammation of a tendon (soft tissue that attaches muscles to bones) and frequently affects elbows, shoulders, knees and feet. It is an overuse injury common among adults who participate in sports. As people get older, tendons lose their elasticity and become weaker making older people more prone to this condition.

A tendon is a soft tissue that is fibrous and tough, yet flexible and can withstand tension when pulled with force by a muscle. When a tendon becomes inflamed, it is painful and can be swollen. Sometimes the skin over the tendon becomes hot and red or a lump can be felt along the tendon.

Tendinitis may be caused by a sudden injury, but it is often caused by a repetitive action or a specific movement over a longer period of time. Besides age and sports being common causative factors, other risk factors include diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. Achilles tendinitis is the most common form of tendinitis in the feet and may also occur as a result of poor-fitting footwear.

A foot specialist like Toronto-based podiatrist, Sheldon H. Nadal can determine whether or not you have tendinitis by examination and x-rays or ultrasound if necessary. Early treatment aims to reduce inflammation with rest, ice, compression, elevation and anti-inflammatory medication. More severe cases may need to be treated with corticosteroid injections, physical therapy, extracorporeal shock wave therapy or surgery.

Without treatment, tendinitis can easily lead to tendon rupture which is more serious and more likely to require surgery.

 

Resources:

http://www.metalinjection.net/latest-news/rush-reveals-drummer-neal-peart-has-chronic-tendonitis-next-tour-is-the-last-tour

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/175596.php

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tendinitis.html