What is Tendonitis?
Tendonitis isn't what you think it is.
If you're one of those people who have experienced tendon pain for a long time and nothing you've ever done seems to resolve it, you need to know this.
Tendonitis (as it is commonly known) is thought to be the inflammation of a tendon and is commonly found in the shoulder, elbow, knee, wrist and heel and can happen anywhere in the body where tendons are present.
Tendonitis Isn't Really a Thing Anymore
For the last 10 years or so, tendonitis isn't really a thing anymore.
There's a small stage of inflammation in the beginnings of a tendon injury but not after that.
So, what most people know as tendon injury, is actually called "tendinopathy" or "tendinosis".
How to Manage Tendinopathy or Tendinosis?
Doctors would usually refer patients with tendon injury for an injection of a steroid, which can cause panic.
At Terrace Physio Plus, we do not recommend this approach because we know for sure (and the scientific evidence tells us) that tendons don't like having injections of steroids around them.
The Best Thing To Do
The best evidence-based treatment for tendinopathy is now exercise and, as you probably know, physiotherapists love exercise!
In summary, tendonitis is not really a thing anymore.
We call it tendinopathy or tendinosis because there isn't very much inflammation involved, and the best evidence-based management is exercise therapy.
Steer clear from injections unless you really have to.
To learn more, visit the nearest Terrace Physio Plus clinic in your location and we will be happy to assist you!