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What is Tendonitis?

An Explanation of Tendonitis - A Definition of Tendonitis


What is a tendon?

A tendon is a type of connective tissue, a thick cord, which connects muscle to bone.

What is Tendonitis?

Tendonitis, also spelled Tendinitis, is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon. Chronic strain, overuse or misuse of a tendon leading to a repetitive stress injury, or a serious acute injury can lead to a weakness, tear or swelling of the tendon tissue resulting in pain and stiffness near the tendon.

What are the Symptoms of Tendonitis?

Pain and stiffness of the tendon and the area surrounding it is the main symptom of Tendonitis as well as burning that surrounds the entire joint.

Pain can worsen during and after activity involving the tendon. The area can become stiffer the following day and a general loss of motion at the joint may occur.

Tendonitis usually occurs at the thumb, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, heal and wrist, but can occur anywhere there is a tendon.

How do I know if I Have Tendonitis?

Tendonitis is difficult to diagnose as it shares many symptoms with Bursitis and Arthritis and other more localized conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome at the wrist.

Identification of symptoms and causes can lead to a proper diagnosis of tendonitis.

Tendonitis can be caused by acute or repetitive traumatic elongation to the tendon or repetitive stress through overuse of the joint.

Following these tips if you have been diagnosed with a repetitive stress injury and using a visual pain scale to track and identify your pain can help in determining if you have tendonitis.

If symptoms do not alleviate after a couple of weeks of self care, or pain becomes severe, swelling and redness occur, or a fever develops you should consult your doctor.

There are many tests a doctor might run to rule out other possible conditions, such as blood tests or X-rays, but a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan or an ultrasonography is needed to see if a tendon has a tear or other problem.

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