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A tendon is surrounded by a sheath of specialized tissue called the synovial membrane, which secretes fluid that lubricates the tendon and reduces friction when the tendon glides. Inflammation of this sheath is called tenosynovitis. (tenos for short from here on in). The hallmark of tenos is fluid accumulation in the sheath, which causes obvious swelling. There are several types of tenos.It also says in there that injections of steroid are not recommended if there is injury, but they are talking about recent injury, not something from years ago.
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There are a number of mild conditions that produce tendon sheath swelling but do not produce pain or lameness. In some cases, chronic stress appears to be a causative factor; in others, there is a history of repeated minor trauma to the tendon sheath. Foals can be born with idiopathic tenos.
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Swellings caused by idiopathic tenos can be drained and injected with a corticosteroid for cosmetic reasons. However, they have a strong tendency to recur. Those cause by hard training may respond to modification of the exercise program.
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