Tendonitis in Southend-on-Sea & Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

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Tendonitis

We offer treatment to help with tendinopathy and the pain associated with tendonitis in Southend at The Body Matters. Treatments are available from our clinic based in Leigh-on-Sea. We also offer telephone & online support and remote consultations.


What is Tendonitis or Tendinopathy?

Tendinitis has become a common issue affecting between 6 and 17% of the population and is one of the most common pain conditions in the sporting population. The problem is, the name tendinitis has now become obsolete because the condition itself is now not deemed to be an inflammatory condition. A more appropriate name is tendinopathy, which is a broad term used to describe predominantly degenerative conditions that cause pain, swelling, weakness, and stiffness of the tendon.

What Causes Tendonitis?

Although the cause of tendon pain is not fully understood it is generally thought that repeated overloading of the tendon via muscle overuse, causes degeneration and disorganization of collagen fibres, thickening of the tendon, and causing neovascularization (new blood vessels) and new nerve endings in the expanded tissue. This is known as tendinosis.

Theoretically, any tendon in the body can develop pain, however, the reality is that certain tendons seem more prone to tendonitis than others.

In the lower limb, we have the Achilles tendon at the heel, the patellar tendon under the knee cap and the gluteus medius tendon on the outside of the hip, which is the most common. But there is also perineal (lateral ankle) and pes anserine (medial knee) tendinopathies that we need to be mindful of.

The upper limb has the classic tennis and golfers elbow, long head of biceps and rotator cuff tendinopathies but again tendon pain could affect the wrist and fingers

Now the typical presentation of tendinopathy can be either a sudden or gradual increase in sensitivity and pain that may or may not be activity-related and may or may not be more sensitive after periods of rest. Basically, they can present in multiple ways but diagnosis is made by asking the right questions and identifying and localising the sensitive spot and using anatomical knowledge to identify the structures involved.

How to manage and treat tendinopathies?

Management of tendinopathies can feel diverse but it is essentially split between symptom management and rehabilitation. 

Symptom management can be more complicated, and the more pain someone is in means that they can do less rehabilitation exercises, so the process can be prolonged and drawn out. 

It is essentially imperative to exercise and pain up to a 5 out of 10 is considered perfectly safe. Convincing someone in pain to exercise can be challenging but ultimately rest and avoidance does these conditions no long term good at all and will be detrimental to overall tissue health the longer we avoid things that aggravate the pain. We just need to be mindful of how painful it is as I don’t want my patients to suffer unnecessarily.

Diagnosis, education, symptom management and rehabilitation are the ways to tendon recovery, so let The Body Matters lead you down the road.

We are open with safe distancing and hygiene measures in place

The Body Matters clinic is currently open, by appointment only, with safe distancing and hygiene measures in place. We would love for you to continue using our services during this period. 

Remote consultations are also available

We continue to offer remote consultations (if required) to provide our services without physical interaction.

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Call 01702 714968 for more information about tendinopathy in Southend-on-Sea and Leigh-on-Sea, Essex at The Body Matters.

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We are open weekdays and Saturdays, with early morning and evening appointments available on request. We offer remote consultations to provide our services without physical interaction. We would love for you to continue using our services during this period.

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