Think tendinitis and you think pain and burning in the affected area, decreased strength and flexibility, and pain caused by everyday activities. As it turns out, tendinosis is far more often responsible for these symptoms than tendonitis. It is important for health care practitioners to distinguish between these disorders in order to apply the appropriate treatment. If the correct techniques are not used to resolve one or the other condition, the recovery time will be longer. Our physical therapy treatments are at least one hour long providing us with the time to accurately assess, diagnose and treat your condition.

Tendonitis is a term commonly used by many clinics and practitioners to label pain at the front of the knee, outside of the elbow or foot and ankle as a result of overuse. Tendonitis covers many conditions including achilles tendonitis, golfers or tennis elbow, patellar tendonitis (pain at the front of the knee) and rotator cuff tears. Tendinitis is the inflammation of the tendon and results from micro-tears that happen when the musculotendinous unit is acutely overloaded. Tendinosis is a degeneration of the tendon’s collagen in response to chronic overuse; when overuse is continued without giving the tendon time to heal and rest, such as with repetitive strain injury.

Therapists must be aware of their own skill set in applying treatment recommendations and educating patients about self care. Receiving treatment by a physical therapist at Harbour clinic will ensure you a pain free return to your daily activities.

Self recommendations include:

Adjust ergonomics and biomechanics
Use appropriate support, bracing or taping
Stretch and keep moving, though conservatively
Apply ice
Eccentric strengthening- lengthening a muscle while it is loaded / contracting.
Nutrition – speak to your primary care provider or nutrition expert

For more information or to make an appointment at our Dublin physical therapy clinic please call 01 236 6648

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