The confusion of whether your have tendonitis or tendonosis is widespread. Pain and burning in a tendon is often called tendonitis when it is a tendinosis. Here are some key differences between the two.




Common Rare


Acute overload injury Chronic overuse, repetitive strain


Microtears and
inflammation in tendon
Thickening of tendon, decreased tendon strength

Treatment plan

Decrease inflammation
with Quality Manual Therapy, ice, and possibly NSAIDs
Adjust biomechanics through functional postural assessments, eccentric strengthening, cross friction massage, stretching

Healing time

Few days – 6 weeks 3-6 months

Do you have pain in your tendon? If so, contact JGPT for an evaluation to determine if it is tendonitis or tendonosis. We will get you on the correct path to recovery!