My Shoulder Hurts And I’ve Been Diagnosed With Tendonitis – What Is It?
By Nathan Wei
When patients go to their rheumatologist or orthopedist with aches or pains, they are often told they have tendonitis.
The term “tendonitis” means inflammation of a tendon. Tendons are tough fibrous cords of tissue that connect muscles to bones. When muscles contract (tighten) the tendon attachment makes the bone the tendon is attached to move in the direction of the contracted muscle. When the muscle relaxes the bone moves back to its original position.
To picture this, imagine tying a rope (“the tendon”) to …