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What is a tendon injury (tendinopathy)?

Tendons are strong, flexible bands of tissue that connect your muscles to your bones. For example, they connect your upper arm (biceps) to your shoulder and to the lower part of your arm. If tendons are overused, as in repetitive types of work or sports, they can become injured due to wear and tear. This wear and tear is called tendinopathy, and it can lead to pain and weakness in the affected tendons and muscles. People are more at risk for tendinopathy as they get older, or if they do repetitive activities. But the condition usually gets better with rest, bracing to limit movement and special exercises. In more severe cases, surgery is sometimes needed. If wear and tear on the tendon continues, it can lead to a tear. Overuse can also lead to tendinitis, painful inflammation and swelling of the tendon.

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