Tendons are connective tissue structures that attach muscles onto bone. Tendon injuries can cause significant pain and loss of function.
Tendons are most often injured through overuse, when they are repetitively loaded incorrectly or overloaded and not allowed to adequately recover. This often occurs when starting a new exercise program or changing exercise habits. Tendons are often injured in repetitive movements completed at work or in our daily activities. A direct impact or blow can also cause a tendon injury.
Commonly tendon pain is present as you start exercising or moving, disappears once you are warmed up, then returns upon cooling down. Pain often comes on more severe after exercise or the following morning. Common tendon injury sites are the Achilles, knee, elbow and shoulder.
Causes of Tendon Pain
Types of Tendon Injuries
Reactive: This is an acute injury, commonly seen in younger populations, caused by:
Reactive on Degenerative: This is an acute exacerbation or flare up of a chronic tendon injury and may be caused by an increase in activity or training load.
Tendon Rehab is Different
Unlike many other injuries, tendons must be loaded to repair and heal. While initially it may be required to reduce activities that overload the tendon, rest is not recommended. Rehabilitation consists of load management, to safely and slowly increase the load on the tendon, allowing the tissue time to adapt and heal.
What can BeachLife Physio do to help?
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