Patients and general practitioners themselves can struggle to find the correct diagnosis and treatment for tendon pain, one of the most common types of pain. If you’re looking at pain in the Achilles, elbow, shoulder, or hip, it’s useful to narrow it down to one cause. IMPACT Physical Therapy covers tendonitis vs. tendinosis, so you can decide whether you should be treated for tendinitis or tendinosis below.
Let’s first look at the facts about diagnosis and prevalence in the tendonitis vs. tendinosis comparison. Patients confuse these sometimes and problems can go untreated or even undiagnosed. One thing they do have in common: they occur most commonly in the Achilles (heel), patella (knee cap), shoulder, and elbow. If you’re experiencing stiffening or pain in these areas, consider the difference between the two:
Although tendinitis is more frequently diagnosed, it’s estimated that more people may be suffering from tendinosis.
The time to heal for tendinitis is much shorter than the same on tendinosis — 2-6 weeks vs. several months. A trained physical therapist will be aware of the difference between tendinitis vs. tendinosis and try to distinguish between the two on your first visit. Here’s some of the methods of treatment:
These are just a few of the tools in the toolbox of a physical therapist for treating tendinitis or tendinosis.
From tennis elbow to knee pain to so much more, the therapists at IMPACT Physical Therapy have helped many people get through pain with knowledgeable therapy and guidance. Explore our locations to find out where you can go to relieve tendinitis or tendinosis.