Tendon management refers to the strategies and practices aimed at maintaining the health and function of tendons, which are tough, fibrous tissues that connect muscles to bones. Tendon management is important for preventing injuries, promoting recovery from injuries, and optimizing athletic performance.
It’s important to follow the treatment plan prescribed by your physio to promote healing and reduce the risk of further injury.
Overall, tendon management involves a comprehensive approach to maintaining the health and function of tendons, through a combination of exercise, nutrition, rest, and medical care.
Tendon management may include a variety of approaches, such as:
Exercise: Regular exercise, especially strength training, can help maintain the health and strength of tendons. However, it is important to avoid overuse and to gradually increase exercise intensity and duration to prevent injury.
Proper nutrition: A diet that includes adequate protein, vitamins, and minerals can support the growth and repair of tendons.
Rest and recovery: Proper rest and recovery time is important for allowing tendons to repair and regenerate after exercise or injury.
Stretching and flexibility training: Stretching and flexibility exercises can help maintain the flexibility of tendons and reduce the risk of injury.
Medical treatments: In cases of tendon injury or chronic tendon problems, medical treatments such as physical therapy, medications, or even surgery may be necessary to manage the condition.
Tendon injuries require prompt medical attention to avoid becoming chronic and promote healing. Initial self management may include:
R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation): This involves resting the injured area, applying ice to reduce swelling, wearing a compression bandage and elevating the injury to reduce swelling.
Pain management: Over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
Physiotherapy: Targeted Physiotherapy can reduce symptoms.
Immobilisation: In some cases, a splint or cast may be necessary to immobilize the affected area and protect it from further injury.