Tendinitis or Tendinosis? The difference is a big deal.

In today's episode we go over a really important concept that gets completely mismanaged and improperly diagnosed by a majority of musculoskeletal providers, the difference between basic tendinitis vs. tendinosis

Tendinitis gets thrown out there all the time in a category that I like to call, "Junkbox" diagnosis. The problem is that in many cases the problem is actually something a lot worse, which is the tendinosis. 

Tendinosis is actually a degenerative process of the tendon that comes from too much load being put on it. The big problem is that 97 percent of tendon tears started out as a tendinosis.

How do you know the difference?

Usually a tendinosis feels really bad at rest, especially when you get out of bed in the morning, but ends up feeling better as you get moving around or with activity.

This can actually be dangerous because we assume that it will just be better with activity, and eventually we do too much and the tendon pops and you are done.

Luckily tendinosis can actually be managed very well with proper diagnosis, load management and treatment by a soft tissue expert.

So if you have been diagnosed with just a tendinitis that just doesn't seem to be getting any better, maybe its time to consider it might be something worse.