A man holding his shoulder in discomfort because he has tendinitis

What is Tendinitis?

Tendinopathy (commonly called tendinitis) is an inflammation of a tendon that causes significant pain and can become chronic. Common among people who perform repetitive motions and athletes, it is essential to treat tendinitis to resume normal activities quickly. In this article, we will explore how to recognise tendinitis, its symptoms, and the best methods to promote healing.

How to recognise Tendinitis

Recognising tendinitis can sometimes be difficult because its symptoms can be similar to other conditions. Here are some indicative signs:

  • Localised Pain: The pain is often localised around the affected joint and can intensify with activity.
  • Swelling: Slight swelling may appear around the affected area.
  • Stiffness: The affected area may become stiff, making movement difficult.
  • Tenderness: The region may be sensitive to touch.
  • Warmth and Redness: In some cases, the area may become warm and red.
A man using the Compex FIT 5.0 to help treat his tendinitis

Symptoms of Tendinitis

The symptoms of tendinitis can vary depending on the location and severity of the inflammation, but they generally include:

  • Pain: A dull, persistent pain often exacerbated by movement.
  • Tenderness: Increased sensitivity along the tendon, especially when touched.
  • Restriction of Movement: A decrease in the range of motion of the affected joint.
  • Cracking or Grinding Sensation: A cracking or grinding feeling may be felt when using the tendon.

How to Relief and Heal Tendinitis

A first piece of advice, if you haven't already done so, is to see a doctor or a physiotherapist who can assess the overall measures to be taken to effectively treat tendinitis.

Healing tendinitis can take time and also depends significantly on the area affected by tendinitis. Indeed, the best method remains rest, but it can be difficult to rest certain limbs. That being said, there are other methods that have proven effective:

  • Ice Application: Applying ice to the affected area can reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Use an ice pack for 15-20 minutes several times a day.
  • Compression: Using a compression band can help reduce swelling. Some braces, like wrist braces, can also be effective.
  • Tape Application: Applying tape to the affected area can relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Learn about different placements depending on your tendinitis.
  • Elevation: Elevating the affected area can also help reduce swelling.
  • Anti-inflammatories: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help lower pain and inflammation.
  • TENS Use: The Tendinitis program of Compex electrostimulators effectively relieves tendon pain during the inflammatory phase, during which complete sports rest must be observed. Learn in our blog post how electrostimulation can help relieve your tendinopathies.
  • Physiotherapy: A physiotherapist can propose specific exercises to strengthen the nearby muscles and improve flexibility.
  • Massage: Therapeutic massage can help increase blood circulation and reduce tension in the tendon.
  • Surgery: In severe cases where other treatments fail, surgery may be necessary to repair the damaged tendon.
A man using Compex Tape to help relief his achilles pain

How to Prevent Tendinitis

To prevent tendinitis, it is important to follow a few guidelines:

  • Warm-up: Always warm up before training or performing repetitive activities.
  • Stretching: Regularly stretch to maintain the flexibility of muscles and tendons.
  • Strengthening Muscles: Strengthen the surrounding muscles to reduce pressure on the tendons. For this, electrostimulation can also be a valuable ally.
  • Adopt Good Techniques: Use appropriate techniques during physical activities to avoid excessive strain on the tendons.


Tendinitis is a painful but manageable condition with early and proper treatment. By following the mentioned tips, you can not only effectively treat tendinitis but also prevent it returning. If you suspect tendinitis, consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

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