Tendon problems are not that uncommon in runners and if the issue is not treated in time, it can develop into an enduring one. The good news is that in recent years, people have developed a better understanding of the pathology of tendinopathy. Now, it is common knowledge that tendonitis is not exactly an inflammatory process and that load plays a huge role. Neither is it a secret that it is highly important to determine the stage of the tendinopathy in order to better manage it. Do you know what else is very important? To go see a physiotherapist. Physiotherapy will improve your quality of life and help you with other associated problems. Even though the kind of manual treatment you receive at a clinic such as Bodywork Physiotherapy depends largely on the type of tendonitis that you have, the overall benefits are the same.
Generally speaking, tendon issues account for about 30-50% of sport injuries. Besides the fact that this condition is very common, it is very painful. Tendonitis often afflicts the ligaments of the elbow, shoulder, hips and knee. The common belief is that tendonitis is caused by repetitive stress placed on the joint. This injury presents to the individual with pain in the onset area and of course immobility in the affected area. What a physical therapist seeks to do is help the patient mange the condition through exercise techniques and load management. These exercises reduce the stress from the affected area and the result is that you experience freer movement. What is more, incorporating eccentric exercises into the primary treatment results in restoring the strength of the muscle.
Many people naturally ask themselves how is it possible to get relief if it still hurts. Even though in the early stages you will be unable to walk without a limp, your tendon will greatly benefit from the active rest ensured by crutches. However, it is physiotherapy that will relieve you of your suffering. The exercises used in the course of the treatment are especially designed to improve circulation and restore blood flow to the affected area. You will inevitably feel less pain. In addition to this, the physical therapist will educate you on how to heal the injured part. The use of ice and heat is only one example of what you can learn.
Restoring speed and returning to sport
Tendonitis occurs during high speed activities, like running, and it is needless to say that these activities place a significant load on your entire body. To prevent recurrence as well as to improve your sporting performance, the therapist will guide you through exercises that are tailored to your lifestyle, speed, agility, and so on. What you should expect is to perform at full potential and to minimise your chance of future injury.