Tennis elbow (also known as lateral epicondylopathy) is a painful condition that happens when the tendons in your elbow are overloaded and used more than they can handle. This can be from classically doing too many one handed back hand shots in tennis, but more commonly from things that require lots of hand gripping like gardening, lifting weights, and even just keyboard typing!
Gluteal Tendinopathy is a common condition that causes pain in the buttock and hip which can often travel down your leg. This can be from irritation of the hip tendons from doing too much too soon, or too little for too long, which causes them to become painful. Managing this condition should start with avoiding any aggravating activities, settling the pain, then slowly building the strength and endurance of the tendons.
Calcific Tendinopathy is one of the more unusual conditions we see, and occurs when chalk like substances (hydroxyapatite and calcium phosphate) start developing into crystals within the tendons of the body. Any tendon throughout the body can be affected, but the rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder are one of the most common sites. If this ever has to be removed surgically, it comes out like toothpaste!
Moon boots, also known as Controlled Ankle Motion (CAM) boots, are one of the supportive devices our Physiotherapists and Chiropractors use to help manage foot and ankle conditions like fractures, ligament sprains, and even tendon tears. These work by immobilising the foot, and have the advantage over traditional foot casts because you can take them off to shower, exercise, and even scratch those itches!
Many gym goers are now returning to the gym and realising they just can't lift or do things at the same level they were before. You're not alone!
At Westpoint Health, we are now offering Shockwave Therapy to help better manage people with painful tendon conditions. This treatment works by using high energy sound waves that can help break up calcifications in tendons, and encourage the the cells to heal inside. Learn more about what Shockwave Therapy is and the many conditions it can help with by reading our latest post.