What is Tendinopathy?
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Tendinopathy is a condition that affects the tendons, which are the thick cords of tissue that connect muscles to bones. It is characterized by pain, swelling, and impaired function in the affected tendon. Tendinopathy can develop due to overuse, repetitive motions, aging, or certain medical conditions. Common areas affected by tendinopathy include the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles.
Tendinopathy can manifest in two main forms: tendinitis and tendinosis. Tendinitis refers to inflammation of the tendon, while tendinosis involves degeneration and microtears in the tendon without significant inflammation. Both conditions can cause pain, reduced range of motion, and difficulty performing daily activities or sports.
SYMPTOMS of Tendinopathy
If you have tendinopathy, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Pain: Tendinopathy typically presents with localized pain around the affected tendon. The pain may be sharp or dull and may worsen with movement or activity.
- Tenderness: The affected tendon may be tender to touch or pressure, and the surrounding area may feel swollen or warm.
- Stiffness: Tendinopathy can lead to stiffness and reduced flexibility in the affected joint, making it challenging to move or perform certain motions.
- Weakness: Tendinopathy can result in muscle weakness or a sensation of weakness in the affected area, impacting overall strength and function.
- Limited range of motion: Tendinopathy can restrict the normal range of motion in the affected joint, making it difficult to perform everyday tasks or engage in physical activities.
microcurrent therapy for tendinopathy
Microcurrent therapy can be a valuable treatment option for managing tendinopathy and promoting tissue healing and repair. It utilizes low-level electrical currents to stimulate the cells and tissues surrounding the affected tendon. Some potential benefits of microcurrent therapy for tendinopathy include: