I wonder how to know whether an inflammation is present in a tendinopathy. In other words, how to distinguish a tendinosis from a tendonitis.
Therapists should be using a sort of process of elimination when it comes to figuring out whether their patient has degeneration or inflammation, advised Bishop. Since the patellar tendon is so close to the skin, PTs should be looking for obvious, visible symptoms of tendonitis to rule out tendinosis.
"What you should see with tendonitis patients are the hallmark signs of inflammation, like swelling, redness, or palpable amounts of fluid in or around the tendon," said Bishop. And if you don't see these signs, the pain the patient is experiencing is most likely caused by the degenerative condition rather than the inflammatory. "In the absence of those symptoms, the likelihood is that people don't have tendonitis -- but they have tendinosis, and this condition must be managed in a different way
I wonder whether they are other ways to detect an inflammation. I am mostly interested in epicondyles of the humerus.