Tendonopathy

(Tendonitis; Tendonosis)

Definition

Tendons connect muscle to bone and help move joints. Tendonopathy is an injury to the tendon. These injuries tend to occur in tendons near joints such as the knee, shoulder, and ankle. The injuries can include:
  • Tendonitis—An inflammation of the tendon. Although this term is used often, most cases of tendonopathy are not associated with significant inflammation.
  • Tendonosis—Microtears in the tendon tissue with no significant inflammation
The following tendons are often involved:
Tendonitis
Nucleus factsheet image
Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

Causes

Tendinopathy is caused by overuse of a muscle-tendon unit. The strain on the tendon causes tiny tears that build up over time. There can also be inflammation.These tears cause pain and can eventually change the structure of the tendon.

Risk Factors

Tendinopathy is more common in women than in men. It is also more common in older adults. Factors that may increase your chance of getting tendinopathy include:
  • Overuse can be the result of doing any activity too much
  • Strenuous or repetitive activities:
    • Sports
    • Physical labor
    • Housework
  • Physical problems
    • Muscle imbalance
    • Decreased flexibility
    • Overweight
    • Alignment abnormalities of the leg

leave comments
0
Did you like this? Share with your family and friends.
Related Topics:
Current Research From Top Journals


Early Peanut Consumption Associated with Lower Risk of Peanut Allergy in High Risk Children
March 2015

Many medical groups felt that early exposure to certain foods like peanuts increased a child's risk of developing food allergies. However, newer research including this trial suggest that early exposure may actually decrease the risk of developing food allergies.

dot separator
previous editions

Breastfeeding May Decrease the Risk of Childhood Obesity
February 2015

Tonsillectomy May Reduce Number of Sore Throat Days in Children
February 2015

Research Review Finds Little Support for Nearly Half of Medical Talk Show Recommendations
January 2015

dashed separator

Advertisement

Our Free Newsletter
click here to see all of our uplifting newsletters »

 

Advertisement

Advertisement

DiggDeliciousNewsvineRedditStumbleTechnoratiFacebook