Tendonitis And Antibiotics Use

This is just good information to know. I had a client who was sick with some frequency…fighting off infections here and there, and seemingly on cycle after cycle of antibiotics. She shared with me that these were usually urinary tract or related infections. The interesting thing was that when this client came back from being ill, she would be complaining of joint pain and inflammation (usually one or both elbows). I was curious what and why was going on because she had very good movement patterns; always loaded any pressing patterns with reasonable load (read…conservative); not involved with any sports that would produce what may be an overuse injury, but plagued non the less.

This bothered me because I had no real idea why she suffered with this chronic pain. I did a little research and found this: “An FDA safety review has shown that fluoroquinolones when used systemically (i.e. tablets, capsules, and injectable) are associated with disabling and potentially permanent serious side effects that can occur together. These side effects can involve the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, and central nervous system.”[8] Such injuries, including tendon rupture, has been observed up to 6 months after cessation of treatment

One of the serious side effects of antibiotics use may include tendon rupturetendon inflammationseizurespsychosis, and potentially permanent peripheral nerve damage.




“FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA advises restricting fluoroquinolone antibiotic use for certain uncomplicated infections; warns about disabling side effects that can occur”. US Department of Health and Human Services. US Food and Drug Administration. 25 August 2016.