Tendonitis – Where Does Tendonitis Commonly Occur?

Tendonitis means that your tendon – a strong band of connective tissue connecting your muscle to your bone – is inflamed. Tendonitis can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty moving. This condition is also called tendinitis.

There are different types of tendonitis depending on the specific type of tendon affected.

Tendons Commonly Affected with Tendonitis

There are several places in your body where tendonitis can occur. The following are some of the major tendons in the body where tendon injury can happen:
  • Rotator cuff and biceps tendons in your shoulder (See: Shoulder Tendonitis)
  • Forearm tendons near your elbow and wrist (e.g. Elbow Tendonitis, Wrist Tendonitis)
  • Tendons near or attached in your hip
  • Quadriceps tendon in front of your thigh, just above your kneecap
  • Patellar tendon, just below your kneecap
  • Hamstring tendons at the back of your thigh, near your knee joint
  • Achilles tendon, which is the largest tendon in your body, located at the back of your leg near your ankle joint (Achilles Tendonitis)

Often, tendonitis occurs as a result of overuse of the tendon or overstretching from a forceful or sudden movement.

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