What Are the Symptoms of Tendinosis?

Medically Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler, MD on July 20, 2023
1 min read

Tendinosis is an acutely inflamed swollen tendon that doesn't have microscopic tendon damage. The symptoms of tendinosis (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
  • 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.

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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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