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What causes tendon pain?

Dr. Fernando J. Manalac, MD
Sports Medicine Specialist

A variety of tendon problems can cause significant pain and dysfunction, keeping people from doing the recreational activities they need or the work that needs them.

When a tendon is stretched (eccentrically overloaded), the fibers can tear. This is called strain. Other types of tendinopathy (diseases of the tendon) include tendinitis and tendinosis. Tendinitis is acute inflammation of a tendon. Tendinosis is degeneration of the tendon fibers from repetitive microtrauma resulting in the development of abnormal tendon tissue.

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