Tendon, Ligament & Muscle Injury

Causes

  • Specific injury
  • Overuse or overexertion
  • Ageing - degenerative change in the tendon
  • Systematic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Gout
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Thyroid disease

Treatment Stages

A - Self help

The initial stage of treatment can include one or more of the option below:

  • Adequately warming up before physical activity
  • Avoid activities that seem to aggravate the problem
  • Avoid repetitive motion and overuse of extremity
  • Resting the injured area from heavy activity
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines

B - Specific eccentric exercises that work the tendon while it is lengthening

  • Mobilise / Management
  • Electrotherapy
  • Muscle re-balancing work

C - Surgery

Surgical intervention is sought in very rare and extreme cases, where none of the above has any healing effect.