2. Pain near the joint
Pain is a common symptom of tendonitis and is usually one of the first that is noticed. However, pain is not necessarily a confirmation of the condition. You may have simply pulled something at work or through exercise and a little rest may cause your muscle to relax.
However, if the pain does not subside you may have done something more serious than pulling a muscle, but may have damaged the tendon, which connects the muscle to the bone. The joints are more prone to tendon damage that other areas of the body because of the amount of bending that is done.
If you have engaged in activities that may tend to cause tendonitis, such as house painting or certain sports such as tennis and baseball, you may have more reason to suspect your pain is from tendonitis. Try physical therapy to find ways to move that can prevent injury.