Tendinopathy

 Tendinopathy: Why the Difference Between Tendinitis and Tendinosis Matters

Tendinopathy: Why the Difference Between Tendinitis and Tendinosis Matters

Tendinitis or Tendinosis: Does Anyone Else Get These Terms Confused With Each-other?

Most massage therapists have been taught that pain in and around the tendons is a result of inflammation, however inflammation is no longer believed to be the cause of most overuse tendon injury.  It has been recommended to move to the term tendinopathy as a general term for tendon pain. Below I have highlighted some key scetions from an open access paper thatgives massage therapists and overview of tendin pain

Tendinitis is the inflammation of the tendon and results from micro-tears that happen when the musculotendinous unit is acutely overloaded with a tensile force that is too heavy and/or too sudden. Tendinitis is still a very common diagnosis, though research increasingly documents that what is thought to be tendinitis is usually tendinosis
— Tendinopathy: Why the Difference Between Tendinitis and Tendinosis Matters
Tendinosis is a degeneration of the tendon’s collagen in response to chronic overuse; when overuse is continued without giving the tendon time to heal and rest, such as with repetitive strain injury, tendinosis results. Even tiny movements, such as clicking a mouse, can cause tendinosis, when done repeatedly.
— Tendinopathy: Why the Difference Between Tendinitis and Tendinosis Matters

More to Explore

Bass E. (2012). Tendinopathy: why the difference between tendinitis and tendinosis matters. Int J Ther Massage Bodywork. (OPEN ACCESS)