Tendinopathy is slow degeneration of the tendon which results in chronic injury to a tendon. It is mostly caused by overuse, due to intense activity or training and in some cases acutely during a traumatic event. Symptoms include pain, tenderness, swelling, as well as stiffness in joint near injured tendon
Tendinopathy may be treated conservatively with rest, ice, compression and elevation, or “RICE”, physical therapy to strengthen the tendons, ultrasound guided cortisone injections, or PRP (platelet rich plasma). In severe cases, or cases in which the tendon is torn, surgical intervention is required. In such instances the surgeon would debride the degenerative tissue from the tendon, repair any small tears, or perform tendon transfers if the tendon has lost its mechanical properties.