What is a Tendon?
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A tendon is a strong, yet flexible band of tissue that connects muscle to the bones in your joints. Tendons and muscles work together to create a pulling force that enables you to move your joints. This allows you to bend, walk, jump and move in many different ways.
A healthy tendon makes this motion easy and pain free. When tendons are damaged, movement in a joint, such as the knee, can be very painful and limit your range of motion.
What Causes Tendon Pain?
Tendon pain in the knee, Achilles, elbow or foot may be caused by a number of factors including:
- Trauma - Damage to the tendon from a hit, twist or pull on the joint
- Repetitive motion - Damage to the tendon from overuse in work, exercise or activity
In each of these situations, the tendon tissue breaks down and eventually forms a scar.
You may recognize a few of the common names for pain
- Plantar fasciitis (this is related to the soft tissue in the heel)
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Jumper’s knee
- Swimmer’s shoulder
- Achilles tendonitis