A recent search term was “can a stroke cause tendonitis?

Answer:  Abso-freakin-lutely and also…..NO!

Let me explain. A stroke itself cannot cause tendonitis, no. A stroke is a brain injury and the only thing that a stroke directly affects is…the brain.  Muscles and tendons (which connect muscles to bones) at this point, are fine and unaffected. The reason that you can’t move your arms and legs the way you would like shortly after a stroke is because of the brain. The brain is damaged and traumatized and the nerves which carry signals from the brain to the muscles are in shock and damaged. So, no a stroke cannot directly cause someone to have tendonitis.

After some time, whether overusing the unaffected arm or working hard to strengthen the affected arm – this is how tendonitis happens. Tendonitis is an overuse injury. And that’s what causes it – overuse. You’re certainly not overusing anything right after a stroke, but after some time has gone by, you absolutely can cause an overuse syndrome, of which tendonitis is one.

Categories: Brain stuff, Rehab, Stroke stuff

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  1. I didn’t get tendinitis from the stroke, but from a reaction to cipro. I was prescribed cipro for a bladder infection after the stroke. I’ve found several support groups on Facebook (search for “fluoroquinolones”) and apparently it’s fairly common, and now is a black box warning on all the fluoroquinolones. Mine has gotten better (after 2+ years) but I still have it in my knees and my thumb.

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