What is Tendinosis?

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What is Tendinosis?
Tendons are rope-like structures that attach muscles to bones. Ligaments are similar structures that attach bones to other bones. When muscles and bones move, they exert stresses on the tendons and ligaments that are attached to them.

When your muscles move in new ways or do more work than they can handle, your muscles and tendons can sustain some damage on a cellular scale. If the increase in demand is made gradually, muscle and tendon tissues will usually heal, build in strength, and adapt to new loads. Athletes use these principles to build muscle and tendon strength with good training programs.

You can, however, do some activity that injures a tendon on a microscopic scale and then do more injury before the tendon heals. If you continue the injurious activity, you will gradually accumulate these microinjuries. When enough injury accumulates, you’ll feel pain. This kind of injury that comes on slowly with time and persists is a chronic injury; acute tendon injuries are sudden tears that cause immediate pain and obvious symptoms. Tendon injuries often require patience and careful rehabilitation because tendons heal more slowly than muscles do.

Tendinosis is an accumulation over time of small-scale injuries that don’t heal properly; it is a chronic injury of failed healing.

Tendinosis can occur in many different tendons, with some of the most common areas being the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, shoulder, knee, and heel.

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Posted on May 4, 2012, in massage, Soft Tissue, Trigger point, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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