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Tendinopathy

Tendinopathy

Tendinitis is defined as tendon pain and dysfunction of unclear duration. Tendons are strong, flexible bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones, facilitating joint movement.

 

Although inflammation may be present, tendinopathy is primarily a degenerative process in which a failed healing response leads to pain and dysfunction. Tendinitis often occurs due to repetitive overuse, injury, or aging, leading to irritation and inflammation of the affected tendon.

 

Common symptoms include pain, swelling, and tenderness near the joint involved. Tendinitis can affect various parts of the body, such as the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, or ankle.

 

Chiropractic management of tendinopathy may involve various approaches. Spinal adjustments and mobilization may be utilized to address musculoskeletal imbalances that could contribute to altered biomechanics and tendon stress.

 

Soft tissue techniques, such as myofascial release and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, may also be applied to target affected tendons directly.

Remedial Massage and Assisted Stretching Therapy offer valuable support in treating tendinopathy by reducing pain, improving flexibility, and promoting healing. Through techniques like friction massage and targeted stretching, these modalities stimulate blood flow, break down scar tissue, and enhance tendon tissue quality. They also address muscle imbalances, preventing future injury.

 

While beneficial, they should be part of a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to individual needs, which may include rest, strengthening exercises, and other modalities.

 

Consult your healthcare professional for a personalized approach to effectively manage tendinopathy.

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