What Are the Symptoms of Tendinitis?

The symptoms of tendinitis (also called overuse tendinopathy) include:

  • Pain or tenderness at or near a joint, especially around a shoulder, wrist, elbow, or ankle
  • Stiffness that, along with the pain, restricts the movement of the joint involved
  • Mild swelling or thickening of the tendon near the joint

Call Your Doctor About Tendinitis If:

  • Your pain doesn’t ease up in seven to 10 days; you want to avoid letting chronic overuse tendinopathy set in.
  • Your pain is extremely severe and accompanied by swelling and a marked loss of motion; you may have a ruptured tendon, which requires immediate medical attention.


  1. American College of Rheumatology: “Tendinitis and Bursitis."
  2. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Are Bursitis and Tendinitis?"
  3. Mayo Clinic: “Tendinitis."

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