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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is tendinitis?

Tendinitis is painful inflammation or breakdown of your tendons. It may also be called tendinopathy. Tendinitis often occurs in the knee, shoulder, ankle, hip, or elbow.

What increases my risk for tendinitis?

What are the signs and symptoms of tendinitis?

You may have redness, pain, or swelling around your joint, tendon, or muscle. You may also have pain, stiffness, or decreased movement in your joint.

How is tendinitis diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will check your range of motion of the affected joint. He or she may also lightly press on your tendon to check for pain. You may also need an ultrasound, x-ray, or MRI to show if you have tendinitis or another condition. Do not enter the MRI room with any metal. Metal can cause serious damage. Tell the provider if you have any metal in or on your body.

How is tendinitis treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage my symptoms?

How can I prevent tendinitis?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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