My tendon issue is not settling, what is going on and how do I improve it? This blog will investigate causes of tendon pain, your treatment options, and hopefully explain why the lingering tendon pain is not going away.
Tendons are designed to resist tension, transferring loading from the muscle to a bone to create movement. They also help absorb force from a bone into the muscle. Unfortunately tendons have a poor blood supply and therefore a much slower healing time. When you exercise and train, micro damage occurs in our tissues, bone, muscles, ligaments, tendons. This is a normal response and as a result our tissues grow back stronger. A tendons healing time takes slightly longer than other structures. This means that if someone trains again too much too soon, repetitively that micro damage could become a large problem.
Common tendon issues include a full rupture, tears, tendon sheath inflammation and tendinopathies. Apart from a full rupture, other issues all present and are treated quite similarly. Many patients will complain of a lingering tendon pain that can be stiff and sore in the morning, worsens after activity and may or may not be painful at nighttime. They will find that rest will reduce their pain but as soon they increase activity again, their pain increases.
Exercise and a gradual loading program has been shown to be the gold standard for treating tendon issues however, there are a few simple things that can be done to help manage symptoms.
As mentioned, these simple changes are not a substitute for proper advice and treatment from a physiotherapist but simple modifications to better manage symptoms. To fix the true cause of the problem, proper help should be sought from one of our highly trained physiotherapists.