-This is true for acute injuries (less than 6 weeks). Feel something new and “funky” in a joint – therapy and active rest should resolve the discomfort within a few days or weeks.
-However, for chronic conditions, inflammation may not be the main culprit… it may not even be present.
–Tendinopathy (or tendinosis) may be the more appropriate diagnosis.
-What is Tendinopathy?
Degeneration of the tendon’s collagen fibers as a result of chronic overuse ie. Swinging a golf club a thousand times
-What happens to the tendon?
Thickening of the tendon (snapping and clicking)
Loss of collagen continuity – collagen fibers are not linking up correctly.
Production of enzymes that have been shown to breakdown collagen fibers
– This is why the anti-inflammatories (cortisone injections) may not be effective long term.
- Eccentric Exercises – repetitive lengthening of a muscle while it’s under a load. Studies have shown these types of exercises can thin down the tendon and normalize
the collagen fibers.
- Active Rest – Keeping active but staying away from the stressor (if possible)
- Manual therapy- Soften the spastic tissues surrounding the area to allow more movement. Movement = Healing
- Biomechanic correction – Assess the joint above and below the injury. Everything is connected.
- Joint Fixation – Joints will tend to lock up (subluxated/fixated) with injuries. It’s the body’s way of defending itself. These fixations need to be corrected for optimization of the joint.
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