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.
When should I see a doctor?
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:
- Affecting your ability to work or exercise.
- Constant (pain).
Further reading and references
Andres BM, Murrell GA; Treatment of tendinopathy: what works, what does not, and what is on the horizon. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2008 Jul466(7):1539-54. Epub 2008 Apr 30.
Childress MA, Beutler A; Management of chronic tendon injuries. Am Fam Physician. 2013 Apr 187(7):486-90.
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy for refractory tennis elbow; NICE Interventional Procedure Guidance, August 2009
Autologous blood injection for tendinopathy; NICE Interventional Procedure Guidance, January 2013
van Tulder M, Malmivaara A, Koes B; Repetitive strain injury. Lancet. 2007 May 26369(9575):1815-22.
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