Series Tendinitis

What Are the Symptoms of Tendinitis?

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on June 14, 2021

Tendinitis is an acutely inflamed swollen tendon that doesn't have microscopic tendon damage. The symptoms of tendinitis (also called overuse tendinopathy) include:

  • Pain or tenderness at or near a joint, especially around a shoulder, wrist, elbow, or ankle
  • Stiffness that, along with the pain, restricts the movement of the joint involved
  • Mild swelling or thickening of the tendon near the joint

Call Your Doctor About Tendinosis If:

  • Your pain doesn't ease up in seven to 10 days; you want to avoid letting chronic overuse tendinopathy set in.
  • Your pain is extremely severe and accompanied by swelling and a marked loss of motion; you may have a ruptured tendon, which requires immediate medical attention.

Show Sources


American College of Rheumatology: "Tendinitis and Bursitis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "What Are Bursitis and Tendinitis?"

Mayo Clinic: "Tendinitis."


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