Understanding Tendinopathy/Tendonitis

Tendons, akin to resilient elastic bands, serve as the connective tissue that facilitates the movement of muscles and bones. Any discomfort experienced at the juncture where muscle meets bone may signal a compromised, inflamed, or potentially torn tendon. Swift intervention in cases of tendinopathy, prior to the onset of severe tears or irreversible damage, is imperative for preserving longevity and mobility.

Assessing the severity of tendinopathy involves grading the condition, which aids in determining the most appropriate course of action. Tears within tendons necessitate evaluation not only based on their extent but also in relation to their impact on overall function. Distinguishing between tears and tendinopathy is crucial, as treatment approaches may vary. Identifying how much of your discomfort stems from tendinopathy is always our initial step. It’s important to note that cortisone injections should not be used for tendon tears, as they can potentially exacerbate the condition and lead to further damage. Our focus is on providing comprehensive care that prioritises your long-term healing and recovery, steering clear of interventions that may compromise your tendon health.

Regenerative biologics therapy, such as PRP, is only considered in cases, where research shows promising results; particularly partial thickness tears, intra-substance tears, and chronically thickened tendons in certain locations. This nuanced understanding of tendon therapies guides our approach at Regenerative MD, ensuring tailored solutions that optimise outcomes and promote effective tendon rejuvenation.

Golfers/Tennis Elbow

Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis) and Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) are common forms of tendinopathy affecting the tendons around the elbow. Golfer’s Elbow often stems from repetitive gripping or wrist flexion, prevalent in sports like golf, while Tennis Elbow typically develops due to repetitive wrist extension or gripping activities, such as tennis or using tools.

Numerous medical studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of PRP in improving pain and function in patients with Tennis Elbow/Golfer’s Elbow that have not responded to initial, conservative management. Patients with ongoing chronic elbow pain can benefit from our expertise in providing targeted regenerative biologic treatment, designed to promote healing and restore function.

Rotator Cuff

Rotator cuff tendinopathy involves inflammation or degeneration of the tendons in the shoulder’s rotator cuff. It can result from overuse, trauma, or age-related changes, leading to shoulder pain, weakness, and limited range of motion.

Glute Insertion

Gluteal tendon insertion pain refers to discomfort at the insertion point of the gluteal tendons into the hip bone (greater trochanter). It commonly occurs in individuals who engage in activities that involve repetitive hip movements, such as running or climbing stairs.

Hamstring Origin

Hamstring origin tendinopathy affects the tendons at the origin of the hamstring muscles in the buttock region. It can result from overuse, muscle imbalances, or sudden changes in activity level, leading to pain and stiffness in the back of the thigh.

Ankle/Other

Ankle tendinopathy encompasses various tendon-related issues affecting the ankle joint, including achilles tendinopathy, peroneal tendinopathy, and posterior tibial tendinopathy. These conditions can cause pain, swelling, and instability in the ankle, affecting mobility and function.

At Regenerative M.D., we offer advanced diagnostic and treatment options for tendinopathy, tailored to each patient’s specific needs and goals. Our comprehensive approach aims to alleviate pain, promote healing, and restore function, allowing our patients to return to their daily activities with confidence and vitality.

Schedule a consultation with us to clarify your diagnoses and explore the range of treatment options available to you.