Researchers Call For An End Of The Tendinitis Model

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by Laurie Erickson.


Research abstract and photos of two lead authors from Perelman School of Medicine.

This paper and others like it called for an end of lumping all tendon injuries into the tendinitis category and instead called for a distinction between acute injuries with inflammation (tendinitis) and chronic tendon injuries. The researchers suggested the name tendinosis to distinguish chronic injuries from acute tendinitis. The theory at the time was that very little, if any, inflammation accompanied the chronic tendon injury. That view held from about 2000 until 2010 when the call was made to recognize the role that inflammation plays in chronic tendon injuries. Moving into 2010 and beyond, the term tendinopathy became more popular because it makes no claim as to whether inflammation exists or not. Dr. Khan and Dr. Cook are internationally renowned tendon researchers and physiotherapists.