The painful nonruptured tendon: clinical aspects

Clin Sports Med. 2003 Oct;22(4):711-25. doi: 10.1016/s0278-5919(03)00035-8.


Tendon conditions cause a great deal of morbidity in both elite and recreational athletes, and outcome of treatment is often unsatisfactory. Evidence that the common clinical conditions (e.g., Achilles, patellar, elbow and rotator cuff tendinopathies) are due to tendinosis has been present for many years, yet the misnomer "tendinitis" is still widely used for these conditions in clinical practice. Clinical practice remains very different from evidence-based recommendations [8], but this is a common challenge in medical practice. Thus, in addition to further research in an area of medicine rife for such endeavor, there must be attention to knowledge translation--ensuring that the patient benefits from what is already known.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Pain / etiology*
  • Pain Management
  • Rotator Cuff / pathology
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Tendinopathy / complications*
  • Tendinopathy / diagnosis
  • Tendinopathy / pathology
  • Tendinopathy / therapy
  • Tendon Injuries / complications*
  • Tendon Injuries / diagnosis
  • Tendon Injuries / pathology
  • Tendon Injuries / therapy
  • Tendons / pathology
  • Tendons / physiology