Can You Rehab Tendons?


Today’s article is an important one and it describes a lot about how we guide our treatment plans. Pain in tendons (that stuff that connects muscles to bones) is extremely common and something that most people will experience at some point in their lives. Over time, tendons can degenerate and become irritated/overused.

This can be a time consuming and stressful rehab process. Many people expect their problem to go away over time if they rest or ice. Typically, this makes the tendon feel better in the short term but as soon as activity is resumed the pain returns. This happens due to tendon degeneration. Degenerated tendons cannot handle the same force that they could when they were healthy. To counteract this we actively put force into the problematic muscle/tissue and continue to back it up with isometric training. Research has shown that you can force the healthy part of the tendon to adapt and increase the levels of force that it can tolerate.

Unfortunately, this is not an overnight process – typically it takes 12 weeks to create change in the tendon. This process can be slower than most people want, but if the problem is ignored or treated incorrectly it can lead to more serious problems down the road. If you have chronic or irritating pain or that problem that keeps popping up each time you are active then it is time to take steps to correct the problem. As mentioned in previous posts, bring us 2 cans of food for us to donate to the Barrington Food Pantry and we will do the initial examination for free. Give us a call to schedule an appointment.

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