The Tendinopathy Continuum

The term tendinitis is not used so much now as tendon pain has moved away from an inflammatory model where large amounts of inflammatory chemicals are present. The current thinking is that the tendon is in a state of degeneration.

What is a Tendinopathy?

Put simply, it is an Injury to the tendon. If the tendon is overloaded and continues to be overloaded it will not have the appropriate rest period to heal. This can lead to Tendinopathy. There are changes within the structure of the tendon and these can often be irreversible. Tendinopathies can occur where the tendon has become overloaded or in fact unloaded (stress-shielded) and where a direct blow is involved.

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