Tendon pain disorders, also known as tendinitis or tendinosis, frequently occurs in the shoulder and elbow.
Tendinopathy, sometimes called tendinosis, is caused by the progressive disorganisation of tendon fibers either due to trauma or prolonged overuse.
Tendinopathy is not to be confused with tendinitis, which is inflammation of the tendon which occur more often in people suffering from autoimmune-related joint pain.
How long before I am expected to be able to return to my former activities?
This is dependent on multiple factors that will be best explored when you see a physiotherapist. Typically a progressive rehabilitation program should facilitate a return to your desired activities by 3-4 months.
Can tendon pain be cured?
A recent onset of tendon pain often improves with advice, proper load management and exercise.
Persistent tendon pain lasting more than 3 months may be more challenging to predict as your pain experience can be attributed to many modifiable and non-modifiable factors.
A referral to a specialist is often required for the proper diagnosis and management while the physiotherapist will work on the modifiable risk factors to optimise your recovery.
Can I return to my physically-demanding work again?
At the later stages of your rehabilitation, your physiotherapist will tailor the programme to facilitate your return to activities that are important and relevant to you.
Your physiotherapist will advise you on your suitability to return to those activities based on your abilities and response to rehabilitation.