Tendonitis, Tendinosis, or Tendinopathy?

  • Gian Nicola BisciottiEmail author
  • Piero Volpi
Part of the Sports and Traumatology book series (SPORTS)


The term tendinopathy does not seem more suited to describe the processes that the tendon undergoes during its rearrangement in the case of its biological and structural distress. In effect, the inflammatory process would seem to be absent, or in any case very limited, from a temporal point of view, while it would seem to prevail the biological degeneration process. For this reason, it would seem preferable to use the term “tendinopathy.” In effect, this term would describe much better the profound processes of biological and structural rearrangement that the tendon suffers. However, one cannot ignore the fact that often inflammatory and degenerative processes can coexist.


Inflammation Degeneration process In vivo model In vitro model Ex vivo model Iceberg theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Qatar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, FIFA Center of ExcellenceDohaQatar
  2. 2.Humanitas Clinical InstituteIRCCS, RozzanoMilanItaly
  3. 3.FC Internazionale Medical staffMilanItaly

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