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What is tendonitis or tendonopathy?

Dr Hélène Huot

Among the most common musculoskeletal disorders, tendinitis definitely ranks first. It is a condition that can cause significant pain in joints such as the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, and heel.


Tendinitis is characterized by an inflammation that is usually due to the weakening of a tendon as a result of a repetitive effort or movement. People who often work on a computer or have an occupation that requires repeated movements are often at risk of developing tendinitis of the wrist and elbow, also known as de Quervain’s tenosynovitis and epicondylitis (tennis elbow). In addition, tendinitis can be caused by other factors, such as an injury, poor posture or inflammatory joint problems. Although less common, tendinitis can also result from a sudden muscle contraction or a severe shock that damages the tendon.


Tendinitis-related pain usually occurs during an activity when the affected joint is involved. At rest, the pain decreases considerably, but people who suffer from tendinitis feel constant discomfort most of the time. In addition, redness, swelling and numbness are also very common. The sufferer may also notice a sensation of warmth and stiffness, along with decreased strength and mobility.

Diagnosis and treatment

To diagnose tendinitis, the doctor will first do a physical assessment and ask the patient questions about the pain. If the doctor suspects de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, they will do the Finkelstein test. To confirm the diagnosis, the doctor may request an ultrasound, an MRI or any other diagnostic examination they judge appropriate. If any of these techniques confirm tendinitis, the doctor may prescribe cortisone injection under fluoroscopy, as well as medication to relieve the pain and inflammation.

Imagix clinics are equipped with state-of-the-art imaging equipment that can help doctors diagnose tendinitis and determine the right treatment.

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Dr Hélène Huot