The Tendon Clinic in Port Macquarie

Tendons often fail to respond to ‘traditional’ methods of rehabilitation due to their complex nature of injury and their poor response to rest, which will typically improve symptoms with most other injuries. Tendons love when you put them under stress, but sometimes they become sensitive to the more stressful activities we pursue such as running, jumping or skipping, and become responsive to these by creating a painful or stiff sensation. The typical reaction is to rest the injury, but in the case of tendons this creates further reduction in the capacity of the tendon to do it’s job normally. Effectively managing tendon pain requires modified activity, but not cessation of it.

Physiotherapists with an expert appreciation of tendon pain and its nuances can design interventions that keep you active and avoids only the offending loads. You will also be provided with a program that increases the injured tendons capacity to return to more strenuous activities over a period of time.

Physiotherapists with an expert appreciation of tendon pain and its nuances can design interventions that keep you active.

Why is your tendon pain not improving?

Typically there is an imbalance between the activity your tendons enjoy (slowly applied load like squats) and the activity that it finds stressful when injured (fast, powerful, loads like skipping/running). Because tendons produce a painful stimulus we often respond by rubbing, stretching and seeking direct treatment to the injured site, however this tends to act to further decrease the tolerance of the tendon to the offending activity. The clinical interventions are guided by the premise of slowly increasing the tendons capacity to tolerate very heavy loads, and the slow re-integrating into faster and faster activities, eventually restoring running, jumping and skipping capacities.

How do I know if I have a tendon injury?

Tendons are bands of connective tissue which attach muscles to bones and other structures. They serve to absorb and transmit force. Tendon injuries are prevalent across the age spectrum, but mostly affect active and sporting people. Pain through the outside of the elbow, through the achilles tendon, buttocks, and across the front of the knee are common areas where tendon symptoms may present. Pain and injury usually follow a period of excessive load above the tendons usual capacity. This may have followed a sudden change in training volume, commencing a new sport, or returning to training after a period of rest.

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