Tendon Pain Treatment
Tendons are very important structures that provide the link between a muscle and its attachment to the bone. In this way, forces exerted by muscles during loading and contraction are transmitted to tendons in order to control movement of joints. Tendons are usually incredibly strong structures that can withstand huge forces.
However, they can become susceptible to pain when they become unhealthy and / or they are exposed to sudden increases in load.
Tendon pain may be labelled as tendinopathy, tendinitis, tendon degeneration or a tendon tear. Tendon pain usually occurs when the tendon and the tissue surrounding it becomes inflamed and sensitive to load. Sometimes the tendon can become swollen and thickened and very tender to touch.
Is tendon pain common?
Tendon pain can affect the young and the old, with up to 30% of the population developing tendon pain at some point in their lifetime.
Tendon pain can be incredibly intense, functionally limiting and distressing – as it results in pain with any contraction of the muscle that is attached to it.
Common tendons that may become painful include:
Risk factors for tendon pain
Tendon pain usually occurs from a sudden or rapid increase in loading of the tendon, when this exceeds the strength and tolerance of the tendon. This is when you do more than your tendon is capable of, or can recover from in that period of time. This represents the balance between the demands of the movement/activity you want to do, and the capacity of the tendon to withstand that load during the activity.
Common examples include:
The ability of the tendons to tolerate load is impacted by other heath factors. These factors are:
These factors influence the health of the tendon and levels of inflammation in the body, making the tendon less capable to tolerate load and more vulnerable to pain.
Myths about tendon pain and treatment
Facts about tendon pain
Approaching tendon pain
The first step is to rule out serious injury such as tendon rupture. There is strong evidence that physiotherapy is an effective first line of treatment for tendon pain. If your tendon pain have developed over time, we can help to identify the key factors related to it. Together we build a plan to get you back to full capacity. This is how we go about it:
Assessment of tendon pain
This includes an assessment of:
Tendon pain treatment
Body Logic physiotherapists use the above information to explain to you the following:
This usually involves a graduated program that includes:
Other strategies that are helpful to treat tendon pain are
Tendon pain can take 6-12 weeks to recover – and if chronic even longer. The key is to know that if you take a disciplined approach with your rehabilitation program – it will get better over time. The key role for the Physiotherapist is to act as a coach on the journey.
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‘Podcast: Tendinopathy Myth Busting‘ – Professor Jill Cook discusses common tendinopathy myths.
‘Ten Things Not To Do If You Have Lower Limb Tendon Pain‘ – A video summary of Prof Jill Cook’s La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre blog.