What is Tendinosis?
Although they’re very similar to ligaments, tendons connect the muscle to the bone. These tough bands are comprised of fibrous tissue and collagen, which are able to endure a large amount of tension. When the collagen starts to deteriorate, it is defined as tendinosis. Tendinosis typically occurs in the tendons within the heel, wrist, elbow, knee and shoulder.
Causes of Tendinosis – And Who’s at Risk
The primary cause of tendinosis has to do with the chronic overuse of the tendon. Similarly, when there is an injured tendon, constant activity placed on the affected area will lead to tendinosis as well. Those predominantly at risk for tendinosis include people who are middle-aged or older, those who exercise spiritedly without ample rest, men or women who perform repetitive tasks at work and anyone with untreated tendonitis. People who have poor posture, tight calf muscles and footwear that doesn’t fit properly are also at an increased risk.
Tendinosis Signs and Symptoms
There are only a few main symptoms of tendinosis. Pain in the tendons when they are in motion or being touched, restricted movement, stiffness and the appearance of a lump on the tendon area are all indicators of tendinosis. Any patient experiencing the warning signs of tendinosis are strongly encouraged to make an appointment at Dr. Vora’s office to discuss them further.
Dr. Vora utilizes the best diagnostic practices while identifying tendinosis in his patients. After taking down a detailed personal and family history, he will perform a physical examination. During this exam, a patient will be asked to discuss which areas they are experiencing pain in, as well as when it started, and what actions trigger it. X-rays, MRI’s or ultrasounds may be ordered to further evaluate the severity of the tendinosis, and get a gauge on what might be causing this.
Tendinosis Treatment Plans and Goals
Each person is different, and so is their tendinosis – which is why a specific, individualized treatment plan will be created to resolve a patient’s tendonosis. While tendinosis might not go away completely – even with treatment – each plan is established with the goal of preventing further injuries, reducing pain in the affected tendons, restoring the thickness of the tendon and building up the collagen. Rest, taking a break during repetitive tasks at work, ice application, light strength training exercises, physical therapy, massage, braces, tape and following a proper nutrition plan are all possible treatments that may be set in place.
Tendinosis Treatment in Chicagoland
Dr. Anand Vora is a board certified orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist and surgeon based in Illinois, with two convenient locations in both Chicago and Libertyville. Dr. Vora is able to treat patients suffering from tendinosis – in addition to other foot and ankle conditions – in a smart, comprehensive and painless way. If you feel as though you are experiencing tendonosis and are seeking optimal medical help, please feel free to contact our office by calling 847-247-4000. We look forward to seeing you!