Tendonitis and Tendinopathy

Tendonitis and tendinopathy are not the same things. Knowing the differences will determine your treatment.

Tendinitis is inflammation or irritation of a tendon, the thick fibrous cords that attach between the muscle and bone. The condition causes tenderness and pain just outside a joint. While tendinitis can occur in any of your tendons, it’s most common around your wrists, knees, heels, shoulders, and elbows.

Tendinopathy on the other hand is a degeneration of the collagen protein that forms the tendon. This term is often broadly used in encompassing painful conditions occurring in and around tendons in response to overuse.

Dr. Peter Howard is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and minimally invasive arthroscopy. Schedule an appointment today to receive expert care.