swelling or inflammation of the tissues surrounding a specific tendon or group of tendons. The inflamed areas are tender to the touch & elicit pain on motion. Application of heat, the use of a splint & the taking of non-steroidal or steroidal antiinflammatory agents are the first line of treatment. This works in the majority of cases especially if applied early on. The second line of treatment is injection of a mild steroid into the tendon sheath. This should only be performed once or twice. If the above fail surgical release of the sheath surrounding the tendon with or without removal of the surrounding inflamed tissue is required. If you just ignore the problem & allow it to progress you may end up rupturing the tendon which is a more difficult problem to treat & has a much longer recovery period.