A tendon is a band of fibrous connective tissue that attaches muscle to bone. Tendons are similar to ligaments in that both are made of collagen. While ligaments join one bone to another, tendons connect muscle to bone and transmit the force generated by the muscle to move the bone. Tendons have different shapes. They can be flat, wide, ribbon shaped, circular or fan shaped.
Tendonitis is a condition that causes inflammation, tenderness and pain of the tendon. There can be a number of underlying causes of tendonitis such as too much stress on the tendon (through overuse, a sudden change in use or poor biomechanics which results in irritation of the tendon) or a disease process causing weakness of the tendon. These specific causes can be assessed by a physiotherapist and the appropriate treatment program implemented.
Effective treatments for tendonitis are those that limit or stop the aggravating activity, encourage activities that reduce the inflammation, pain and promote improved biomechanics. Braces and supports can also lessen the pain and degeneration although it may be best not to become wholly reliant on these aids. Your physiotherapist can show you how to adjust your biomechanics during an activity, for example by altering your running gait, helping adjust your golf swing or simply ensuring that you use an ergonomically correct position when working at your computer.
As with most things in life, prevention is better than cure so contact us at stepupphysio (416) 207 9395 to arrange your personal assessment and allow us to apply years of extensive research and detailed biomechanical knowledge to help ensure that any underlying causes that could potentially cause tendonitis are addressed.