Physiotherapy treatment for Tendinopathies in Kalgoorlie

Tendinopathy (tendon injuries) can develop in any tendon of the body. You may have heard of tendinopathies being referred to as its aliases: tendonitis, tendinitis, tenosynovitis and tendinosis. In simple terms, they are all tendon injury pathologies so the medical community now refers to them as tendinopathies.

Typically, tendon injuries occur in three areas:

  • tendon insertion (where the tendon attaches to the bone)
  • mid-tendon (non-insertional tendinopathy)
  • musculotendinous junction (where the tendon attaches to the muscle)

Tendons are the tough fibres that connect muscle to bone. Most tendon injuries occur near joints, such as the shoulder, elbow, knee, and ankle. A tendon injury may seem to occur suddenly, but usually, it is the result of repetitive tendon overloading. As mentioned earlier, health care professionals may use different terms to describe a tendon injury.

Tendinopathy has different phases which can impact on how it is managed and the prognosis of recovery. It is essential that your rehabilitation is matched to where your tendon is at in relation to healing, as certain modalities or exercises should only be applied or undertaken in specific health phases.

Tendinopathy usually causes pain, stiffness, and loss of strength in the affected area. The pain may get worse when you use the tendon. You may have more pain and stiffness during the night or when you get up in the morning.

The area may be tender, red, warm, or swollen if there is inflammation. You may notice a crunchy sound or feeling when you use the tendon. The symptoms of a tendon injury can be similar or combined with bursitis.

To diagnose a tendon injury, your physiotherapist will ask questions about your past health, your symptoms and recent exercise regime. They’ll undertake a thorough physical examination to confirm the diagnosis. They will then discuss your condition and devise an individualised treatment plan. They may also refer you for specific diagnostic tests, such as an ultrasound scan or MRI.

Tendinopathies can normally be effectively rehabilitated however they often take longer than a muscle to recover. Some tendinopathies that can take months to be treated effectively. Your physiotherapist can assist not only with your diagnosis but also guide your treatment to fast-track your recovery.