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Tendon Injuries

Tendonitis

Tendonitis (also known as Tendinitis) injuries are common in both the arms and legs. Often the type of tendonitis that you experience will be a clue as to the activities that you enjoy; rock climbers for instance tend to develop tendonitis in their fingers and elbows whereas swimmers usually experience it in their shoulders.  These differences are due to how often the individuals are using the different areas of their bodies.

Perhaps one of the injuries most often seen is to the Achilles Tendon known as Achilles tendinitis; this injury is often seen in sports with lots of running and jumping such as basketball.

Diagnosis

The symptoms that you experience will again vary on the area of your body that is affected; they can vary from local joint aches and pains to stiffness and even a burning sensation in the whole joint. Sometimes there is swelling and redness, and there may be visible knots surrounding the affected joint. The arm, leg or foot pain is usually worse during and after the activity, but continues for sometime after stopping with stiffness and redness. Very often tendonitis is seen in patients who are undergoing larger than normal levels of stress in their lives. If the symptoms continue for a longer period then often the diagnosis is tendonosis.

Treatment

The best way to treat these sorts of injuries is by careful watching and waiting; treating the symptoms initially with a combination of the right medication, rest and a graduated return to exercise. Our specialists will be able to advise you on the best schedule to follow.

Our specialist physiotherapy team based in the same building will be able to see you in your own time to guide you through all your rehab and treatment.  With adequate management you should be cured within 6-8 weeks and treatment of this acute condition will reduce chances of developing tendinosis which takes much longer to heal.

Tendinosis

This chronic condition goes by many names such as: chronic tendinitis, tendinosus, chronic tendinopathy, or chronic tendon injury. The injury is caused by damage to a tendon at a cellular level - small tears in the cells means that the number of repair cells increases and this reduces the strength of the tendon making it more susceptable to injury. This can be treated in the same way as above but the process is slower, if this does not work then surgery is an option. Our specialists will be able to advise and guide you on the best options.

If you are experiencing any of the above conditions or associated symptoms, contact the orthopaedic centre to make an appointment on 0203 504 2579