Causes of Tendon Pain
Tendons are strong, flexible bands of connective tissue that connect muscle to bone, and transmit the energy needed to allow muscles and bones to create movement. Tendon injuries can result from activities that involve repetitive motion, resulting in micro-tears within the collagen fibers of the tendon.
Tendinitis and tendinosis are different types of tendon injury, which require different treatment approaches. Tendinitis is associated with inflammation of the tendon, which can resolve itself with rest, bracing, corticosteroid injections, and physical therapy. When a tendon is unable to heal, or is repeatedly reinjured, the tendon structure can breakdown causing degeneration of the tendon fibers. This condition is referred to as tendinosis and is best treated by resection of diseased tissue, thus allowing the tendon to regain its structure and strength through physical therapy and home exercises.