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Tendonitis (tendinitis) is inflammation or irritation of a tendon — thick fibrous cords that attach muscles to bones.  Severe tendinitis can lead to a rupture of a tendon. 


Symptoms may include:


  • pain
  • tenderness
  • mild swelling

Causes may include:



Treatments may include:


  • home treatment
    • rest
    • ice
  • medication (OTC)
  • corticosteroid injections
  • exercise and physical therapy
  • surgery

Types include:


  • tennis elbow - pain in the outer side of your forearm near your elbow when you rotate your forearm or grip an object
  • golfer's elbow - pain on the inner part of your elbow
  • achilles tendinitis - pain just above your heel
  • adductor tendinitis - pain in your groin
  • patellar tendinitis - pain just below your kneecap
  • rotator cuff tendinitis – pain in the shoulder

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