Common Tendonitis Questions

What’s the difference between a tendon and a ligament?

Tendons are fibrous tissue cords that connect muscles to bones.  Ligaments are fibrous tissues that connect two bones or cartilages in a joint.

What causes tendonitis?

Repetitive motions in sports, activities, or occupations such as tennis, gardening, and carpentry can cause tendonitis.  Injuries or trauma can also cause tendonitis, including injuries sustained from improper posture or lack of stretching before strenuous exercise or sports.  Tendonitis is also seen with the loss of tendon elasticity from aging.  Infections and other conditions such as arthritis can also contribute to tendonitis.

What are some of the common types of tendonitis?

“Some common forms of tendinitis are named after the sports that increase their risk. They include tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, pitcher's shoulder, swimmer's shoulder, and jumper's knee”.  – Medline Plus website:

My doctor prescribed your topical pain medication cream for Tendonitis. Can I use your topical pain cream medication it for other painful areas?

We want to encourage you to first speak with your prescriber about using the tendonitis pain medication cream for additional painful areas.  Continue to use your specially compounded pain medication cream for the original pain complaint for which it was prescribed, and please call your doctor’s office to ask about applying it to more than the original area.  We also recommend that the topical pain medication cream not be applied to more than 10% of your body surface area (BSA) unless specifically instructed by your physician.

I have your Transdermal Therapeutics cream for Tendonitis.  Where should I apply the tendonitis pain medication cream?

Your specially compounded pain medication cream should be applied to the painful area that is affected by the tendonitis, which prompted your visit to the doctor's office (or nurse practitioner, PA, or other prescriber).  Please make sure to apply the tendonitis pain medication cream to intact skin (no breaks or incisions) to ensure that you deliver the correct dose of medicine.

How do I get a prescription for a Transdermal Therapeutics cream?  

Because this is prescribed tendonitis pain medication cream, it requires a prescription from your doctor, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or other medical provider.  After your office visit, the prescription will be faxed here to us, and we will contact you for the information we need to provide your tendonitis pain medication as quickly as possible.