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What is Tendinopathy ?

Tendinopathy refers to a condition in which there is damage to a tendon, often due to overuse or repetitive strain. Treatment for tendinopathy aims to reduce pain, inflammation, and promote healing. Here are some general strategies for managing tendinopathy:

1. Rest and Activity Modification:

  • Allow the affected tendon to rest and avoid activities that exacerbate the pain.
  • Modify activities to reduce strain on the tendon. This may involve changing your technique, using proper equipment, or adjusting your workspace.

2. Ice Therapy:

  • Apply ice to the affected area for 15-20 minutes every 2-3 hours during the initial stages of tendinopathy. This helps reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.

3. Compression:

  • Compression can help reduce swelling. Consider using a compression bandage or sleeve on the affected area.

4. Elevation:

  • Elevate the affected limb to help minimize swelling, especially when at rest.

5. Pain Management:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help manage pain and reduce inflammation. Consult with a healthcare professional before taking any medication, especially if you have pre- existing conditions.

6. Physical Therapy:

  • A physical therapist can design a specific exercise program to strengthen the affected tendon and surrounding muscles. They may also employ techniques like ultrasound or laser therapy.

7. Stretching and Strengthening Exercises:

  • Gradual, controlled stretching and strengthening exercises can help improve the flexibility and strength of the affected tendon. However, it’s important to start these exercises slowly and under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

8. Orthotics and Supportive Devices:

  • In some cases, orthotic devices, braces, or supportive footwear may be recommended to reduce strain on the affected tendon.

9. Topical Treatments:

  • Some individuals find relief with topical treatments, such as creams or patches containing anti-inflammatory medications.

10. Shock Wave Therapy:

  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive treatment that uses shock waves to stimulate healing in the affected tendon.

In some cases, especially if conservative measures fail, a healthcare professional may recommend more invasive options, such as corticosteroid injections or, in extreme cases, surgery. It’s important to consult with a healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan tailored to your specific situation.

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