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What is tendinitis?

Tendinitis is inflammation, irritation, and swelling of a tendon, which is the fibrous structure that joins muscle to bone. In many cases, tendonosis (tendon degeneration) is also present. Tendons themselves are cords of tough, fibrous connective tissue that attach muscles to bones. Tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendon. The condition may also involve the tendon

sheath, usually close to where the tendon goes into the muscle. Tendons are generally healthy structures that appear glistening white to the naked eye. If you've ever carved a turkey, the tendons are the tough bands you cut through to get the drumsticks apart.

Tendinitis usually occurs in individuals in middle or old age because it is often the result of overuse over a long period of time. However, it also occurs in younger people who exercise vigorously (who may develop shoulder tendinitis and in people who perform repetitive tasks. Tendinitis often results from the stress of repetitive movements. Acute tendinitis may become chronic if it is not treated. The areas most commonly affected by tendinitis are the shoulder (rotator cuff tendinitis or impingement syndrome), elbow (tennis elbow or golfer's elbow), wrist and thumb (de Quervain's disease), knee (jumper's knee), and ankle (Achilles tendinitis). Calcific tendinitis, which occurs when calcium deposits build up in a joint, often appears in people with a chronic disease, such as diabetes.

More information on tendinitis

What is tendinitis? - Tendinitis is inflammation, irritation, and swelling of a tendon, which is the fibrous structure that joins muscle to bone.
What causes tendinitis? - Tendinitis can occur as a result of injury, overuse, or with aging as the tendon loses elasticity. It can also be seen in systemic diseases.
What're the symptoms of tendinitis? - Tendinitis causes pain over the affected tendon. Tendonitis produces pain in the tissues surrounding a joint.
How is tendinitis diagnosed? - Careful pressure testing and movement of the parts is all that is necessary to identify the tendinitis. There are specific tests for specific tendons.
What is the treatment for tendinitis? - The goal of treatment for tendinitis is to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Rest or immobilization of the affected tendons is helpful for recovery.
What is achilles tendinitis? - Achilles tendinitis is inflammation, irritation, and swelling of the Achilles tendon (the tendon that connects the muscles of the calf to the heel).
What is patellar tendonitis? - Patellar tendonitis (jumper's knee) is a condition characterized by inflammation of the patellar tendon, which connects the kneecap to shin bone.
What is tennis elbow? - Tennis elbow is an inflammation, soreness, or pain on the outside (lateral) side of the upper arm near the elbow.
What is shoulder tendonitis? - Shoulder tendonitis is an inflammation (irritation and swelling) of the tendons of the shoulder.
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