Tendon Injuries / Tears
Tendons are the fibers that connect muscle to bone. There are two types of tendon injuries. Tendinitis is when the tendon is inflamed, which is not common unless one has a rheumatological issue. Tendinosis is degeneration of the tendon (like a fraying rope) with tiny tears in the tissue and around the tendon, which is usually caused by overusing the tendon over a long period of time. However, this can be felt abruptly with an activity that overloads a weakened tendon. It is typically found in the upper and lower limbs. Symptoms are aches and pain, stiffness, and swelling. If the tendinitis lasts longer than a few weeks, then it is most likely tendinosis (degeneration).