Tendinopathy: Effective treatments & therapy

Our tendons form a vital part of our musculoskeletal system, when they become damaged there are a number of treatment options that can be used to assist in their recovery, including non-surgical solutions such as stem cell and shockwave therapy.

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Tendons are often under pressure

Tendons are structures that connect muscles to bones. Due to overuse and/or age-related degeneration, tendon injuries have become a very common problem. Damaged tendons heal slowly and lose their structural integrity and strength. Tendon conditions pose big clinical challenges as well as patient distress and inconvenience.

Tendinopathies and tendonitis are two of the most common tendon issues in the UK.

Have you been told that drugs, steroid injections or surgery are your only options to treat your tendinopathy, tendonitis or tendonosis? LifePlus Stem Cell therapies provide a non-surgical alternative that uses your own cells to repair damage.

What causes Tendinopathies / Tendonitis / Tendonsis ?

Tendinopathies/tendonitis/tendonitis are painful conditions occurring in and around tendons, all are commonly caused by overuse of or sudden stress on a tendon.

This results in pain, swelling, and reduced function. Tendonitis is commonly caused by repetitive movements, such as running, jumping or lifting and throwing, it is therefore common amongst athletes and those who enjoy recreational sports. It can also be caused by overuse, which can be aggravated by certain professions. Ageing and lack of muscle tone can also play a role in the development of tendinopathies.

How long to tendon problems take to heal?

Recovery depends on the condition and the cause, tendon problems can last from weeks to months and even longer, rehabilitation can be slow and painful. More chronic cases may never heal on without treatment interventions.

What are the most common tendon-related problems?

  • Patellar tendinopathy (runners/jumpers knee)
  • Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
  • Rotator cuff tendinopathy (shoulder pain)
  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Medial epicondylitis (golfers elbow)
  • Gluteal tendinopathy (lateral hip pain)
  • Achilles tendinopathy (posterior ankle pain)
  • Tip posterior tendinopathy (medial ankle pain)
  • Peroneal tendinopathy (lateral ankle pain)

What is the difference between tendinopathy, tendinitis and tendonosis?

Tendinopathies and Tendonitis have almost identical symptoms but they are different conditions. Tendinopathy describes the degeneration of the collagen protein that forms the tendon in more chronic conditions that fail to heal.

Tendonitis is used to describe acute inflammation of the tendon due to small micro-tears. Common symptoms include localised pain, swelling, and warmth.

Tendinosis is the non-inflammatory degeneration of a tendon which leads to changes in the structure or composition of the tendon.

These changes often result from repetitive strain-injuries that don’t have adequate time to heal. Unlike tendonitis, tendinosis may take several months to heal.

Treatment methods for tendinosis and tendonitis may vary. For example, some experts argue that tendinosis should not be treated with NSAIDs or corticosteroids. They believe these drugs inhibit the normal reconstruction of the tendon and weaken its structure, causing long-term healing problems.

Alternatives to tendinopathy / tendonitis / tendinosis surgery:

  • Lifestyle adjustments and rest
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Pain relief medication
  • Physiotherapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Extracorporeal Magnetotransduction Therapy (EMTT®)
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)

The use of stem cells for the management of tendinopathy and tendon repair is showing positive results.

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