Hello fellow TBers. I am a massage therapist, corrective exercise specialist and a bass player. I have read several posts about tendon pain and I thought I would make my own post about my experiences treating this condition. In general the diagnosis of tendonitis is often a default diagnosis w/out specific findings. itis means inflammation and in general inflammation is a short lived phase of healing as the result of an acute overload or tear in muscle/tendon/ligament tissue. The course of treatment: ice, rest, cortisone injections may help in the acute phase but long term, chronic tendon pain is usually from significant tearing and degeneration of the tendons without a significant inflammatory process. Tendonosis is the term applied to tendon degeneration and the course of treatment is very different depending on tendonosis or tendonitis. A lot of time and money will be wasted treating inflammation if the real issue is tearing and degeneration. If you have been experiencing significant tendon pain for longer than a month then I would have it checked out by the best physical therapists/MD/sports medicine doc etc. in your region. If any one is interested I can continue this thread w/ specific anatomy and self treatment techniques.