Tendinosis (plural: tendinoses) is a term used to refer to the chronic degeneration of a tendon with damage at the cellular level.


There is significant overlap in the use of tendinosis and tendinopathy, with the terms often used interchangeably in clinical practice. Tendinosis has historically been used to describe non-inflammatory degeneration as opposed to the inflammation-mediated tendinitis - given the etiology and pathophysiology of chronic tendon disorders is still yet to be fully elucidated (c. 2019), the non-etiologically specific term, tendinopathy may be most appropriate . Given this lack of consensus in terminology, please refer to tendinopathy article for further information on pathology, radiographic features, etc.

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