What is a Tendinopathy and what can I do about it?
How do you treat Tendinopathy?
What are tendons?
Every muscle in the body has a tendon that attaches it to bones to allow for movement
It is a strong band of connective tissue that is made up of collagen. Tendons act as springs to allow us to move ballistically and explosively (i.e. walking, running, jumping, hopping)
What is Tendinopathy?
Also commonly referred to as Tendonitis or Tendinosis
Tendinopathy is an umbrella term that relates to a breakdown of the collagen within the tendon
These changes affect your tendon’s ability to absorb load to allow for explosive movement
Why do Tendinopathies occur?
Tendinopathies occur when there is a rapid increase in the amount of ballistic activity completed over a short period of time, following a period of inactivity
With this rapid increase in loading, the tendon becomes irritated, and we can experience pain, reducing our ability to complete these activities
Where can Tendinopathies happen?
Most Tendinopathies occur in the lower limbs, including the Gluteal muscle group, Hamstrings, Quadriceps and the Achilles
What are some of the symptoms of Tendinopathy?
Pain upon waking with stiffness into the tendon
Discomfort upon the first few steps of walking after sitting/lying for a time
Pain during and after ballistic activities (can be felt beyond 24 hours after activity!)
Pain and stiffness is localised around the affected tendon, but can be referred into other regions of the body
What can be done to help with Tendinopathy?
Reduction in the amount of ballistic activity to a manageable level with a gradual and progressive return to these movements
Introduction of strength training to improve the tendon’s ability to better absorb load during ballistic activity
Work within a comfortable level of pain – it is safe to work to an acceptable level of pain (eg: 3-4/10)
It is essential to reduce the irritating activities to a manageable degree, while building the capacity of the tendon to tolerate these movements – only exercise can do this!
To better help with the management of your Tendinopathy, book in today with one of our expert Exercise Physiologists who are trained to manage these injuries and get you back to doing the activities you love!