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Tendinopathy is the technical term used to describe microtears and inflammation in the tendons. Most people are more familiar with the term tendinitis. Modern experts use tendinopathy because it refers to both inflammation and tears. Regardless of whether you call an injury tendinitis or tendinopathy, tendon injuries are excruciating. They should be avoided at all costs. Tendon injuries are relatively common, and healing can be difficult. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of great options that offer complete repair. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions about tendinopathy.

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1. What is Tendinopathy?

Tendinopathy is a broad term used to describe when there is a microtear in a tendon or inflammation in the tendons. Tendons are tough fibers that strength from the muscle to the bone. Usually, tendon injuries happen near the ankle, elbow, shoulder, or knee. While the injury often seems sudden, in most cases the repetitive use of the joint leads to the tendinopathy. Gradual strain eventually causes the tear or the inflammation that is very painful and leads to weakness in the area and stiffness.

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