Tendons are flexible but inelastic cords of fibrous collagen tissue that attach the muscles to the bones throughout the body.Read More
Tendonitis is a condition where tendons become inflamed and stressed. Symptoms of tendonitis can be very painful, with swelling and a soreness deep within the tissue that leads to an inability to perform daily tasks comfortably. One of the most common causes of tendonitis is a significant strain or injury where the tendons are made to elongate or pull past their typical range of motion.
Tendinopathy occurs when small tears of the collagen within and around the tendon are caused by long-term overuse. As time goes on, this overuse leads to a deterioration of the tendon that, unlike tendonitis, does not involve significant inflammation.Read More
Tendinopathy is also known as cumulative trauma or repetitive strain injuries.
Common types of tendon problems can include:
Your treatment will vary greatly depending on whether the tendon issue is caused by inflammation, as with tendonitis, or by long-term degeneration, as with tendinopathy.Read More
Inflammation from acute tendonitis usually improves rapidly in response to treatment by medication and anti-inflammatory measures. However, if the injury is caused by tendon tissue deterioration over time, treatment can take a bit longer to take effect, since it focuses on the strengthening of the tendon and regeneration of the tissues.
Braces or splints can also be used to reduce the impact and pressure on the tendon during the healing process. Massage therapy is also a common treatment.
For both tendonitis and tendinopathy, flexibility and strength training guided by a physiotherapist can begin immediately. An individualized rehabilitation schedule is necessary because every injury is unique and the lifestyle and goals of patients can range.Read More
For the fastest recovery time, carefully follow the instructions of your physiotherapist on what you need to do at home between appointments.
Identifying the cause of the tendon injury is key, along with implementing corrections to the movement or activity that caused the injury. This way, long-term problems with the tendons can be prevented.
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