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Tendinopathy with increase in activity

Spring is a great opportunity to make some healthy changes, with the longer evenings and warmer weather encouraging us to get outside more.

For some people this may be an increased exercise regime, for others it may be giving a little more attention to the garden or to finally decorate the spare room.  For those that have promised this to themselves (and actually done it) we salute you! Great work.

Unfortunately, one of the most common things we come across is that these great intentions can be hampered by pain.  There are a few reasons as to why people experience pain when they have either taken up a new activity or increased the amount of activity they were previously doing.  A common cause of pain is tendon pain. This is called a tendinopathy (you may have heard of it as tendonitis.)

The body is an amazing thing and can cope with an incredible amount on a daily basis. What it does not like, however, is sudden drastic changes.   When we expose tendons to sudden changes, we can cause local swelling within the tendons, and often inflammation in the sheath that the tendons are within.

This results on the tendon being able to take less 'load' than it was before the injury.  Somewhere this is commonly seen is the elbow- especially in those gardeners, decorators or those with sports requiring grip strength, but it can happen in any tendon in the body that has been put under increased stress.

Often when patients come to see one of our team, they are experiencing pain with trivial activities- such as holding a cup of tea. The first thing that we will do is set about decreasing the client’s pain.

We have an experienced team possessing an extensive skillset. As such, we have an array of different techniques to reduce pain.  This may take the form of massage, acupuncture, electrotherapy, muscle energy techniques or strapping.  We then advocate a gradual increase in activity to get you back doing the activity. Decreasing pain is a very important part of treatment; but we also want to make sure that it does not come back again.  How we do this is by getting to the cause of the problem- not just treating the symptoms!

People often experience tendonitis as a result of muscle imbalances within their body. Each individual is unique. And, therefore, so is our skeletal make up. We are often not aware of muscle imbalances that we have until they lead to pain.  For more information, self-help measures and advice on tendonitis please click here.

By undertaking a thorough musculoskeletal screening, any mobility or strength issues can be identified and addressed.

So we can not just get that pain away, but keep it away!!

As a clinic, we pride ourselves on getting people feeling as great as they possibly can and getting to do whatever they want to do. Whether your goal is to get a new personal best in the marathon this year or if it is being able to walk after the grandchildren, without pain…we are here to help you achieve that goal!

Don’t let pain get in the way of your new Spring regime and enjoying the outdoors!

John Lyttle is a Chartered Physiotherapist at The StoneHouse Clinic.  To book an appointment with John or any of our team, please contact us on 01249 700417 or email





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