Tendon injuries are common and usually caused by overloading the tendon
For example, using it in a way that it is not strong enough to cope with or not giving it enough rest after a strong bout of activity. Tendon pain often occurs after activity, maybe that night or the morning after. Rest doesn’t usually help (except it is not sore while you are not using it) and can make it weaker.
Common tendon issues include:
- Gluteal hip tendinitis/tendinopathy (with or without hip bursitis)
- Rotator cuff (shoulder)
- Tennis elbow (outside of the elbow)
- Golfer’s elbow (inside of the elbow)
- Achilles tendon pain
- Tibial posterior tendon pain (foot)
- Peroneal tendon pain (foot)
- Patellar tendon pain (knee cap)
- Osgood Schlatter’s Disease (knee)
- Sever’s Disease (heel)
- Plantar Fasciitis (although it is not technically a tendon)
Your physiotherapist will take a thorough history looking for the cause and will then advise on how to strengthen the tendon so that it can deal with any activity that you want to do. Shockwave may also be offered as a treatment option. Tendons can take a while to strengthen up and your physiotherapist will guide you through the programme, most of which will be done at home.