Problems with tendons or tendinopathy can be a side effect of exercise/training.  A distinct traumatic episode can cause tendinopathy.  However it is more usually the consequence of an accumulation of micro trauma over time often due to inappropriate loading.

This inappropriate loading could be due to biomechanical problems; strength and/or endurance deficits; training errors or changes of equipment or playing surfaces.

Tendinopathy is characterised by pain around the tendon in question.  The pain is usually made worse by activity and eased by rest.  However rest is no cure and returning to activity after a degree of rest usually results in the pain returning.  Treating the symptoms is clearly important and there are well research methods that are effective in most cases that involve specific exercise.  However identification of and correction of the underlying problem is key to preventing recurrence.  This is where a well crafted spoken assessment and a physical assessment guided by that spoken assessment is key to set up a rehabilitation programme that will not only reduce pain but reduce the risk of recurrence post treatment programme.

Although some training modification maybe required when treating tendinopathy, exercise can still continue safely within defined limits.  Again the assessment is key to set these limits.

Fortunately the vast majority of tendinopathy is treatable with exercise.  Exercise is not a quick fix however but it can be a permanent fix.  If the rehabilitation programme is adhered to then there is a very good chance of no recurrence on return to pre-injury levels of activity.

Don’t fall into the rest, exercise, rest, exercise cycle and see no improvement.  Break the cycle, heal your tendon, sort out any physical deficits and get back to exercising pain free.

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