Tendinosis is a chronic tendon injury. It is a common condition but is often misdiagnosed as tendinitis.
In this article, learn about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for tendinosis, as well as what makes it different from tendinitis.
|Overview | Symptoms | Causes | Treatment | Tendinosis vs. Tendinitis | Recovery | Outlook|
|What is tendinosis?|
|Tendons are the tough, fibrous cords that attach muscles to bones. Healthy tendons are made of straight, parallel fibers of collagen.
Tendinosis occurs when tendons degenerate, meaning that they begin to break down. Tendons may have small tears or disorganized collagen fibers instead of straight collagen fibers.
This condition is most common in the elbow, shoulder, knee, hip, and Achilles heel tendons.
|Tendinosis refers to hardening, thickening, and scarring of the tendons. This causes pain and a loss of flexibility in the joint.
Common symptoms of tendinosis are:
|Tendinosis is usually caused by an overuse of the tendon. It can also be caused by physical trauma, such as a fall or sports injury.
Hobbies or professions that require putting repeated stress on the tendons can cause tendinosis. Athletes and manual laborers, for example, are more prone to this disorder.
|Tendons usually take a long time to heal, so the treatments for tendinosis aim to speed up the body’s natural healing processes.
Doctors often recommend the following at-home treatments:
Initial research has also suggested that vitamin C and curcumin supplements may help to promote collagen production and speed up healing.
A doctor may also recommend the following treatments:
|Tendinosis vs. tendinitis|
|Tendinosis and tendinitis both refer to problems with the tendons. They are often confused with one another, and the medical community is still working on defining these terms.
Tendinosis is a degeneration of tendon tissue, but may also involve some inflammation. Tendinosis is a chronic and long-term condition.
Tendinitis is tendon pain caused by inflammation. Symptoms can be relieved through anti-inflammatories and ice.
|Tendons take a long time to heal because the blood supply to tendons is typically low. Tendinosis may take 3 to 6 months to heal, but physical therapy and other treatments may improve the outlook.
A person who has tendinitis can expect a faster recovery time of up to 6 weeks.
|Although treatment can be difficult, the long-term outlook for tendinosis is good. Around 80 percent of people with tendinosis make a full recovery in 3 to 6 months, depending on whether their condition is chronic or not.
Tendinosis that is left untreated can lead to ruptured tendons so early treatment is crucial.
People can sometimes prevent tendinosis by ensuring they warm up thoroughly before exercise or beginning an activity involving repetitive joint movements. Wearing supportive shoes can protect tendons in the lower limbs.
Rest and physical therapy can speed up the recovery process and improve the long-term outlook for this condition.
Source Medical News Today
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