Signs of tendinitis range from subtle to mild, even to severe, in some instances. Depending on the type of injury, your age, your level of activity, and lifestyle, you may or may not experience a lot of pain. Fortunately, most types of tendinitis can be treated with over the counter medicine at home. However, this doesn’t mean you won’t need to see a doctor about your particular set of circumstances. Read on to learn more about the most common signs of tendinitis.

Tendinitis vs. Tendonitis

First, let’s clear up the difference between tendinitis (which this article is about) and tendonitis. Both describe basically the same condition. The really big differentiation is the period of time the condition lasts or persists. Tendinitis is classified as an acute but short term condition, while tendonitis is persistent over a longer period of time.

The signs of tendinitis come in various forms. Some are quite subtle and not so obvious while others are very plain. So, let’s define what tendinitis is — it’s a condition that occurs between muscle and bone. Usually, it happens to athletes and elderly people. But, it can happen to just about anyone, particularly anyone who overexerts their body.

Now, the most common signs of tendinitis are pain, tenderness, and swelling. Pain can be sharp and severe, but can also come in a very mild, discomforting form. Tenderness is generally present in and around one or more joints. (Which is why the most common forms are tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and Achilles tendinitis.) Lastly, swelling can range from very mild to severe.