A seasoned medical professional, Bobby Chhabra, MD, works at the University of Virginia (UVA). Dr. Bobby Chhabra divides his time between serving as chair of orthopaedic surgery and supporting UVA Athletics as a team physician.
Team physicians have expertise treating a wide range of conditions and often specialize in injuries that are common to specific sports. Among the conditions team physicians treat is tendonitis, which can take as long as six weeks to heal if it is diagnosed as chronic.
Tendonitis stems from repetitive movements. In sports, it commonly affects the wrists and hands. Athletes usually experience tendon tenderness that can be described as “grading.” The condition may not require a player to sit out of a game, but a team physician will recommend rest and icing. Depending on the level of discomfort, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammation drug may be prescribed for pain relief. If deemed an option, corticosteroid injections may be used as a short-term alternative solution.