Tendon Injuries And Tendinopathy

Tendon Injuries And Tendinopathy


Tendons are crucial for our movement. They help us get from A to B, carry out our job, roll over in bed, do the laundry, read a book, run after the kids, and even eat that delicious slice of cake! So, what happens when they aren’t working as well as they should be? 

Our tendons consist of firm connective tissue, and they connect our muscles to our bones. They help to facilitate the movements that our brain tells our body to do. Because they are so vital in basically every move we make, they have a tendency to succumb to injury and overuse. This can lead to pain and inflammation and issues such as tendinopathy, all of which can decrease our mobility. 


When tendon injuries and tendinopathy impact your life, there are ways to encourage healing and get back on track (and back to that slice of cake). At 13th Beach Health Services , we are experienced in treating this common issue, and can support you in improving your comfort levels and functionality.

Symptoms Of Tendon Injuries And Tendinopathy

Tendinopathies, which involves the degeneration of the tendon’s collagen proteins, and tendinitis, which involves the inflammation of the tendon tissues, often occur in the areas of our bodies that endure a lot of strain and use, such as the lower legs, knees, elbows, and shoulders. If the issue is due to a sudden tear in the tendon, either completely or partially, it is referred to as an acute tendon injury and is typically a result of being significantly overloaded. 

The symptoms of tendon issues generally worsens when the muscle the tendon is attached to tenses or there is stretching of the tendon. These may include:

  • Pain, which typically presents where the tendon attaches to the bone, and it often a dull ache.
  • Swelling.
  • Tenderness.
  • Stiffness.

Causes Of Tendon Injuries And Tendinopathy 

When there is too much strain put on a tendon, it can result in decreased blood supply, calcification, and scar tissue in the area. Factors that may cause this include:

  • Repetition of a movement during activities such as computer use and baking cake.
  • Sports such as tennis, running, and skipping.
  • Exercising in cold weather.
  • Not warming up or cooling down appropriately before and after exercise.
  • Foot issues that result in malalignment and altered gait.
  • Inadequate footwear.
  • Medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, collagenosis, thyroid issues, and diabetes.
  • Smoking.
  • Being overweight.
  • Certain medications.

How Is Tendon Injuries And Tendinopathy Diagnosed?

Tendon issues can often be diagnosed by pain during demonstration of the triggering movements and history of potential factors such as playing multiple games of golf. Sometimes, an ultrasound is undertaken to identify the presence of calcium deposits, or x-rays and MRIs to exclude other conditions or injuries.

How Can Tendon Injuries And Tendinopathy Be Treated?

Resting the sore tendon initially is important to allow the tendon to rest and recover, and to decrease the chance of the tendon tearing. Applying ice may also assist. Wearing a bandage or a brace can help to minimise movement that places more stress on the area. After approximately three to six weeks, physical therapy can help to gently allow the tendon to return to normal movement and strain again.

Our team of qualified professionals and therapists can provide a variety of methods and services to help you find relief and increased mobility. We will carry out a thorough assessment of the affected area and acquire a history from your regarding relevant triggers and conditions. We can then develop a personalised care plan for you and begin treatment. This may include:

  • Manual therapy and massage.
  • Exercise prescription to promote flexibility and strength.
  • Ultrasound therapy.
  • Electrotherapy.
  • Advice regarding activities and movements that you may need to avoid, minimise, or alter in the future to reduce the risk of irritation and tears.
  • Guidance related to adequate footwear.

Find Tendon Relief With 13th Beach Health Services

Our friendly and supportive multidisciplinary team is experienced in treating tendon injuries and tendinopathy. We will take the most suitable approach to match your symptoms and condition with one or more of the various services we offer. This may be podiatry, physiotherapy, osteopathy, remedial massage, myopathy, or Pilates. Among our key locations and services, we offer physiotherapy in Warralily, physiotherapy in Charlemont and Osteopathy in Ocean Grove.

The health of your tendons is crucial to how you move every day, so taking care of them can be highly beneficial. Contact us with any questions and to make an appointment for an initial consultation and treatment.