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Tendons are tough, flexible tissues that connect muscle to bone. A tendon can hurt or get torn from overuse or aging, especially tendons in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, or ankle. Tendon injuries may be called tendinopathy or tendinitis. Tendon injuries can occur from any motion you have to repeat in a job, sports, or daily activities. Tennis elbow is one common tendon injury.
You can treat most tendon problems with over-the-counter pain medicine, rest, changes in your activities, and physiotherapy.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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