Tendinopathy and Tenosynovitis

Authored by Dr Jacqueline Payne, 02 Jun 2016

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Dr John Cox, 02 Jun 2016

Tendinopathy is a general term for disease of a tendon. Tendinosis is another name for this. Tenosynovitis is a general term for disease of the sheath surrounding a tendon.

If you're middle-aged and have decided you need to get off the sofa and exercise or you do a repetitive job, I'm afraid you are the kind of person who might end up having to see your doctor because you have developed tendinopathy or tenosynovitis.

That's not to say that exercise isn't a good thing (it is!), but just that these conditions are one of the reasons experts are always telling us to start slowly and build up gradually.

If you think you are developing either a tendinopathy or tenosynovitis and can treat it yourself by avoiding whatever set it off and taking other simple measures, that is great. However, you should get medical advice if you have symptoms that are:

  • Persisting.
  • Affecting your ability to work or exercise.
  • Constant (pain).

Further reading and references

Wrote in weeks ago, but maybe I was on the wrong discussion group - but would love to hear from anyone who had an accident and partially tore the GM tendon. It certainly interferes with a lot, and...

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