What causes tendon pain?

Fernando Manalac, MD
Sports Medicine
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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Muscle & Connective Tissue Injuries

Muscle & Connective Tissue Injuries

Muscle and connective tissue injuries include sprains and strains, which are the most common injuries for people engaged in physical sports. A sprain is an injury of a ligament, which connects our bones to each other. A strain is ...

an injury that can occur to a muscle or a tendon, which connects our bones to our muscles. If you have a muscle or connective tissue injury, you will likely experience pain, swelling, and limited movement of that body part. Sometimes these injuries are evident as soon as they occur, while others take time to develop. Usually rest helps to heal the area, and ice can reduce swelling. If these remedies dont help you, physical therapy or surgery may be necessary for a full recovery.

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