By Dillon Stickle
Distinguishing the signs and symptoms of joint pain – and why it’s a critical difference.
Sports Medicine Focus
Tendinosis, the degenerative condition in a tendon, is far more severe and much less diagnosed than its cousin tendinitis, an inflammatory condition. Although tendinosis diagnoses are less common, the condition is actually more prevalent, especially among athletes. The more alarming fact is that popular treatments for tendonitis can actually have little-to-no success when treating tendinosis, which could delay or even terminate an athlete’s career.
Patellar tendinosis is often referred to as “jumper’s knee” or “runner’s knee.” It occurs mostly with athletes whose knees, specifically the tendon, are making rapid movements in multiple directions and being overused, like those in sports such as volleyball and basketball, or with strenuous activities like running and hiking.