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Persistent tendon pain that impairs function has inconsistent medical terms that can influence choice of treatment.1 When a person is told they have tendinopathy by clinician A or tendinitis by clinician B, they might feel confused or be alarmed at receiving what they might perceive as two different diagnoses. This may lead to loss of confidence in their health professional and likely adds to uncertainty if they were to search for information about their condition. Clear and uniform terminology also assists inter-professional communication. Inconsistency in terminology for painful tendon disorders is a problem at numerous anatomical sites.
Historically, the term ‘tendinitis’ was first used to describe tendon pain, thickening and impaired function (online supplementary figure S1). The term ‘tendinosis’ has also been used in a small number of publications, some of which were very influential.2 3 Subsequently, ‘tendinopathy’ emerged as the most common term for persistent tendon pain.4 5 To our knowledge, experts (clinicians and researchers) or patients have never engaged in a formal process to discuss the terminology we use. We believe that health professionals have not yet agreed on the appropriate terminology for painful tendon conditions.
The authors of this paper, a group of international clinical and research experts from different disciplines, aimed to achieve a consensus in terminology for persistent tendon disorders. We ran a Delphi and consensus process that culminated in a face-to-face meeting at the fifth International Scientific Tendinopathy Symposium (ISTS) in Groningen, the Netherlands, on 26 September 2018 (placeholder for sentence about the other two papers and accompanying editorial if they get accepted). Here, we present the resulting consensus statements on terminology for persistent tendon pain.
Our two-stage Delphi design, consensus process consisted of an online survey followed by a face-to-face meeting. One of us (AS) drafted 11 statements about terminology …
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