If muscles and tendons are worked too hard, such as during sporting activities, they can become overstrained, resulting in damage and pain. Equally, repetitive over or under-use of a muscle or tendon can cause weakness, leading to pain and stiffness.
There are many causes and severity of muscle and tendon strains, with a wide range of consequences and outcomes.
Sportspeople for example can experience acute muscle or tendon tears whilst competing, causing them to stop the activity immediately – picture an athlete or footballer pulling up with a torn hamstring.
Longer-term tendon problems (tendinopathies) however generally result from chronic over or under use of the tendon, causing the structure of the tendon to weaken. Conditions such as golfer’s or tennis elbow, jumpers knee and plantar fasciitis are all examples of tendinopathies.
Longer-term (chronic) tendinopathies tend to react best to a course of shockwave therapy followed by a period of exercise rehabilitation to help regenerate and strengthen the affected tendon.
Muscles enjoy a healthier blood supply than tendons meaning that they have a good capacity for healing. Generally strained or torn muscles will take 2-6 weeks to heal, depending on the extent of the injury.
As well as advising on rehabilitative exercises, osteopaths can help the healing process by gently stretching the muscle and keeping the effected joint mobilised whilst the muscle heals.
Our clinic provides osteopathy & shockwave therapy for areas including March, Ely, Wisbech, Huntingdon, St Ives & Whittlesey and beyond.
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