Tendonosis (also spelled tendinosis) is a chronic condition when a tendon is repeatedly injured and doesn’t heal properly. The main cause of tendonosis is overuse of the tendon. Tendons are thick, fibrous tissues that connect muscles to joints. It can cause pain, swelling, and discomfort.

Woman suffering with tendinosis.
Tendinosis can be a painful condition that only gets worse without support.

Tendonosis is a Problem of Overuse

Tendonosis often involves the development of tiny tears, changes in collagen structure, and a breakdown of the normal architecture of the tendon.

Tendon damage takes time to develop. Overuse or repetitive stress on a particular tendon is often the cause. This can occur in various tendons throughout the body, such as the Achilles tendon, rotator cuff tendons, or patellar tendon.

Individuals with tendonosis may experience pain, stiffness, and a decreased function of the affected tendon. The pain is usually more noticeable during activity and may improve with rest. While imaging studies like ultrasound or MRI may be used to diagnose tendonosis, the condition is often diagnosed based on clinical symptoms and examination rather than solely on imaging.

How Do I Manage Tendonosis?

Image of tendonitis or "Elbow Strain".

Management of tendonosis may involve a combination of rest, physical therapy, strengthening exercises, and modifications to activities that aggravate the affected tendon.

In some cases, more advanced treatments such as corticosteroid injections, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, or in severe cases, surgical intervention may be considered.

It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional, such as a orthopedic specialist or a sports medicine physician, if you suspect you have tendionosis or are experiencing persistent tendon-related symptoms. They can provide an accurate diagnosis and recommend an appropriate treatment plan based on the specific tendon involved and the severity of the condition.

STARS Can Help with Tendon Pain

Before visiting a surgeon or specialist, start with physical therapy. The physical therapy specialists at STARS Physical Therapy can help manage tendon damage and return mobility to your affected joint. Physical therapy does take time. However, it’s far less invasive than surgery or shots. Physical therapy can also improve outcomes when added to a patient’s recovery regimen.

Contact us today to find out how physical therapy can be a long-lasting solution.

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