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Tendon Disorders: A Resource of Medical Evidence & Research

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Tendinitis or Tendonitis, Tendinosis or Tendonosis, Tendinopathy or Tendonopathy, Tendon Pain, Tendon Injury, Overuse Injuries


Pain and tenderness along a tendon (often near a joint), pain that is worse with activity, pain at rest (in more severe cases), limited motion or loss of function due to pain and stiffness.

Commonly Affected areas:

Tendon disorders can occur along any tendon, but are often seen at the elbows, knees, ankles, shoulders, wrists, forearms, feet and hands. There are many specific names for tendon disorders based upon the structures affected and location in the body (such as lateral epicondylitis or "tennis elbow", medial epicondylitis/epicondylosis or "golfer’s elbow", plantar fasciitis/faciopathy, Achilles tendinitis/tendinosis, wrist tendinitis/tendinosis, patellar (kneecap) tendinitis/tendinosis or "jumper’s knee", IT band syndrome, rotator cuff tendinitis/tendinosis, trigger finger, etc.).


Tendons are the fibrous tissues that connect your muscles to your bones. Tendinitis is a diagnosis for acute (sudden, short-term) onset of a painful, dysfunctional tendon. Tendinosis and/or chronic tendinopathy are terms used for longer term pain and dysfunction in tendons. Overuse injuries are painful tendon disorders that arise from doing the same repetitive motion that wears down a tendon. Often overuse injuries are work-related or sports-related. Tendinopathy is a general term including all tendon disorders.