Tendinitis, also known as tendonitis, is the inflammation of a tendon. It happens when a person overuses or injures a tendon, for example, during sport. It is normally linked to an acute injury with inflammation.
It often affects the elbow, wrist, finger, thigh, and other parts of the body.
The body part that is involved may give the injury its name, for example, Achilles tendinitis. Familiar terms are tennis or golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knee, and pitcher’s shoulder.
Tendinitis can occur at any age, but it is more common among adults who do a lot of sport. Older people are also susceptible, because the tendons tend to lose elasticity and become weaker with age.
Tendinosis has similar symptoms, but it is a chronic, or long-term, condition, and it is degenerative.
Symptoms occur where the tendon attaches to a bone.
They usually include:
- pain which worsens on movement
- a feeling that the tendon is crackling or grating as it moves
- swelling, heat, and redness
- a lump may develop along the tendon
If there is a rupture, a gap may be felt in the line of the tendon, and movement will be difficult.
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