Tendon Injury (Tendinopathy) (cont.)
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Symptoms of tendinopathy can include:
The joint areas most commonly affected by tendinopathy are the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, and ankle.
Sometimes tendon pain is caused by inflammation around calcium crystals in or around the tendon (calcific tendinitis). The cause of the deposits often isn't known. These crystal deposits can be quite painful and can become a chronic problem.
Symptoms of tendinopathy may be similar to those of inflammation of the bursa (bursitis). For more information, see the topic Bursitis.
Exams and Tests
To diagnose a tendon injury (also known as tendinopathy), your doctor will review your medical history and daily activities and conduct a physical exam to check your overall health, areas of pain and tenderness, and range of motion and strength. Your exam may also include checking your nerve function (feeling and reflexes) and blood circulation (pulses). If your symptoms are related to use of a tool or sports equipment, your doctor may want you to demonstrate how you use it.
If your medical history and physical exam point to a tendon injury, you will probably not need more testing.
If your symptoms are severe or have not improved with treatment, more tests may be helpful. These may include:
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