Tendinopathy is a condition that can affect most all of the tendons in our body.  By far, the most commonly affected tendons are the:

Tendinopathy by definition means that there is some degree of degeneration — your tendon is wearing out.  Like the hole on the front of your favorite pair of jeans.  Tendinopathy, or degeneration of our tendons can be caused by:

  • Genetics or your DNA
  • Repetitive trauma
  • and Aging :-(

While many of us have tendinopathy on an MRI, most will not have pain. We do NOT know why some people have tendinopathy with pain, yet many have tendinopathy without pain.

Thankfully the majority of people with tendinopathy will respond to rest, heat, over the counter medications like ibuprofen and physical therapy.   Some of you might have a fairly severe episode of pain and in those instances a trip to a local sports medicine professional might be in order.  Surgery is very rarely necessary for tendinopathy.


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Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.