Tendonitis or "Tennis Elbow" 

Let me guess. You’ve got a bad case of tennis elbow, but you don’t play tennis. Most people with this condition don’t. 

Tendonitis is when a tendon is inflamed. It can happen to any tendon in the body. When a tendon is inflamed, it can cause swelling, pain, redness, and discomfort.

For most people, tendonitis seems like it just came out of nowhere. Here’s what the John’s Hopkins website has to say:

“The cause of tendonitis and tenosynovitis is often not known. They may be caused by strain, overuse, injury, or too much exercise. Tendonitis may also be related to a disease such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or infection.”

So John’s Hopkins is admitting that they don’t really know. 

John Sarno MD did know. He was the one who coined the diagnosis - Tension Myositis Syndrome, which is pain caused by negative emotions like anger, stress and anxiety. And although myositis means “muscle inflammation”, Dr. Sarno later expanded the diagnosis to include tendons and nerves.

Dr. Sarno wrote in Healing Back Pain:

“I am now prepared to say that tendonalgia (tendonitis) is often an integral part of TMS and in some cases is its primary manifestation.”


Check out this video where our coach, John Thornton, talks about his run-in with tendonitis and he beat it. 

There are 3 things that you have to do to cure tendonitis: 

  • First, convert your belief from: “This is a medical problem.” to: “This is actually an emotional problem.”
  • Then, reduce the negative emotions that causing inflammation in the elbow (or other areas of the body).
  • Finally, instead of resting the elbow and hoping the tendonitis goes away, start exercising the elbow - because if you’ve got TMS, there’s nothing physically wrong with it.

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Coaching services offered by the Pain Cure Clinic are not intended as medical advice or professional psychotherapy. This is practical knowledge based on experience about how to alternately eliminate chronic pain symptoms caused by psychological factors. Medical or mental health questions or diagnosis  should be directed to your physician or psychologist. The Pain Cure Clinic is not endorsed by or affiliated with Dr. John Sarno. *Individual results will vary.