Tendon issues can be extremely debilitating both in their pain and in their impact on your lifestyle and activity participation. The longer you allow your symptoms to go unmanaged, generally the longer they take to get better. Act now with our guidance, to take control of your symptoms and get back to the life you want.
How do tendons get injured?
These injuries often present quite suddenly but are usually the long term build up of repetitive overload. Our tendon’s have a capacity to cope with the stress we put them under in our everyday lives and if that stress gets too much over the hours, days, months or years we’ve been exposing our tendon to load, then they become irritated and painful.
Unfortunately, rest alone only provides short term pain relief and on return to your usual activities, symptoms typically re-appear.
How can Physiotherapy help me?
- Reducing your pain in the short term with hands on and taping, bracing or devices to reduce the stress on your tendon.
- Advice and education to allow your symptoms to settle and keep you comfortable whilst our treatment is having the desired effect. We’ll also give you the advice you need to gradually build back up to the activity level you want in a safe and non-detrimental way.
- Reducing your pain and improving function in the long term with targeted exercise. Once we’ve identified what stage your tendon injury is at, we can advise you on the appropriate exercise to assist in getting on top of this frustrating pathology.
The single most effective and research-proven treatment for the management of tendon injuries is exercise.
4. Exercise has been shown to have analgesic (pain-relieving) effects in the short term, whilst improving function and preventing recurrence in the long term.
5. Identifying factors that may have contributed to the onset of your symptoms, and through which addressing appropriately will prevent your heel pain returning in the future. This can include weakness, technique issues, inappropriate equipment or footwear, the need for orthotics, high body weight, or too much or too little exercise amongst other things.
Tendon injuries we can help you with include:
- Plantar Fasciitis (behaves the same as a tendon)
- Peroneal tendinopathy
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Patellar tendinopathy
- Quadriceps tendinopathy
- Proximal hamstring tendinopathy
- Gluteal tendinopathy
- Rotator cuff tendinopathy of the shoulder
- Lateral epicondylalgia (tennis elbow)
- Medial epicondylalgia (golfers elbow)
Don’t put up with pain and lack of function, take control and get back to the things you love and enjoy.