Patient holding shoulder in pain due to tendinitis

Tendinitis (also Tendonitis) and Tendinosis

Tendons are the body’s tissue that connect muscles to bones. When inflammation occurs, and the immune system reacts, you may develop Tendonitis. Tendonitis is cellular irritation of the tendons that does not involve the reactions of the immune system. Repeated overuse or strain of the tendons can over time lead to cellular change to the surrounding tendons and micro-tears.

Both conditions are commonly found in the shoulder, knee, hand, foot, and elbow.



These conditions are caused by repeated strain or force to any part of the body. This can occur as a result of high-impact sports or traumatic injuries. People over the age of 40 are more susceptible to these conditions, since over time, tendons become weaker due to stress. Arthritis, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis can also lead to tendinitis and tendinosis. Regular exercise and stretching are essential to keep the tendons limber and strong, and prevent future diseases.


Symptoms of both conditions present at the site of the injury, which is usually near a joint, such as the hip, neck, or knee. Many people first notice the symptoms of swelling, achiness, dull pain, or difficulty moving the joints.

Other symptoms include redness, tenderness, and pain after flexion of the muscles (upon awakening after sleeping, etc.) It is important to seek medical attention as soon as the first symptoms present, to avoid worse conditions.


Upon diagnosing your conditions, your doctor will recommend rest, ice, compression, and/or elevation. If these conservative treatments are not enough to make the pain go away after a period of time, he or she may recommend physical therapy, to help promote strengthening through passive and active stretches.

Your doctor may also recommend a series of anti-inflammatory injections to help with the swelling. Surgical re-attachment of torn tendons is rare, but is also an option.

Healthpointe has top-of-the-line physicians and surgeons who are trained to provide treatment for tendinitis and its associated symptoms.

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