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What is Tendinopathy?

Tendonitis, tendinitis or tendinopathy all are terms used to describe the same injury and the term generally is used to refer to tissue reaction of the tendon, (which is not always the cause of pain) wear. Tendons are the strong connective tissue that joins muscles to bones.

Where Does Tendinopathy Occur?

Tendinopathy is an injury caused to any of the tendons in the body (usually in the elbow, shoulder, knee or ankle) and can generally occur one of three places within the tendon:
• Where tendon attaches to bone
• Where tendon attaches to the muscle
• In the tendon itself

Common Tendinopathy Types

• Achilles Tendinopathy
• Hip Tendinopathy (Gluteus Medius or Minimus tendons)
• Elbow Tendinopathy (Tennis elbow or Golfers Elbow)
• Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy

Senior man getting treatment for tendinopathy

Who Gets Tendinopathy?

In a nutshell – anyone who had increased load on the tendon too quickly. These kinds of injuries are often the result of either a sudden trauma to the area such as a twist or sprain or but more commonly from repetitive overuse. Athletes (of any level) are prone to tendon overuse due to ongoing and often high intensity repetitive movement patterns causing the stress and strain. Also, anyone who is doing repetitive motion putting stress on a joint such as a tennis player’s elbow or a parent repeatedly picking up a child stressing the wrist.

How to Diagnose Tendinopathy

Diagnosis with one of our qualified physiotherapists will include a discussion about your symptoms, medical history, exercise regime as well as daily habits. After this, a physical examination of the affected area to gauge severity and presence of inflammation and tendon reaction. On some occasions further investigation is required and we are able to offer advice regarding further imaging required.

Physio Treatment for  Tendinopathy

Don’t Rest – Tendinopathy does not respond to complete rest. Often with the correct diagnosis and management/advice, you can keep up activity and exercise under the guidance of a practitioner. Our physiotherapists are trained to help diagnose the issue and can recommend safe amounts of exercise.
Do Exercise – progressive loading to the tendon will help the tendon to recover. Exercise is the most evidence based treatment for tendinopathy and adherence to a correct exercise plan is the key to successful recovery.


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