Tendinopathy: Pathophysiology, Therapeutic Options, and Role of Nutraceutics. A Narrative Literature Review

Medicina (Kaunas). 2019 Aug 7;55(8):447. doi: 10.3390/medicina55080447.


Tendinopathies are very common in general population and a huge number of tendon-related procedures take place annually worldwide, with significant socio-economic repercussions. Numerous treatment options are commonly used for tendon disorders. Besides pharmacological and physical therapy, nutrition could represent an additional tool for preventing and treating this complex pathology that deserve a multidisciplinary approach. In recent years, nutraceutical products are growing up in popularity since these seem to favor the prevention and the healing processes of tendon injuries. This narrative literature review aims to summarize current understanding and the areas of ongoing research about the management of tendinopathies with the help of oral supplementation.

Keywords: microscopic anatomy of tendons; nutraceutical products; pharmacological therapies; physical therapies; tendinopathies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dietary Supplements / adverse effects
  • Dietary Supplements / standards*
  • Humans
  • Tendinopathy / drug therapy*
  • Tendinopathy / physiopathology*
  • Tendinopathy / therapy*
  • Tendons / drug effects
  • Tendons / physiopathology