Tendinopathy (previously called tendonitis) is a term used to describe pain, swelling and damage to any tendon in the body. Tendinopathy can be caused by injury, overuse of the tendon, or wear and tear through ageing.
Tendons are fibrous cords that attach muscle to bone. There are 23 tendons that cross the wrist into the hand. These tendons allow our hands to perform both delicate movements and powerful work.
The condition commonly occurs after an extra ‘load’ on the tendon. This ‘load’ can be an overly strong stretch, lifting a heavy weight, or increased repetitive use of the tendon. Wrist and hand tendinopathy is common in people whose work requires repeated use of their hands, such as musicians and computer typists.
Typical symptoms of tendinopathy include:
A typical tendinopathy assessment includes:
Tendinopathy treatment usually involves:
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