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Tendinopathy Melbourne

What is Tendinopathy?

Tendons are tough, rope-like tissues made up of collagen protein that connect your bones to your muscles. Tendinopathy refers to persistent tendon pain that is related to mechanical loading.

It can be seen on imaging but is most often diagnosed clinically (through the history of pain and physical examination).

Tendinopathy is caused by unexpected stress or overuse of a tendon. Aging and a lack of muscle strength can also contribute to the development of tendinopathy. Typically, the tendon will be thicker, tender, possibly weaker, and painful on loading or use. Tendon pain is often local, worse at rest, and better throughout the exercise – this can be described as a warm-up pattern.

Common sites for Tendinopathy to occur include,

  • Gluteal Tendon (Outside of the Hip)
  • Elbow (Often called Tennis Elbow)
  • Hamstring Tendon (Buttocks)
  • Achilles Tendon/Plantar Fasciitis (Heel)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendons (Shoulder)
  • Biceps Tendon (Upper Arm)

Experiencing tendon pain? Our osteopaths at Inner North Osteopathy can help you with tendon pain treatment in Melbourne.

Tendinopathy Treatment Melbourne

Tendons are challenging to work with. Ultimately, they respond best to strengthening through a progressive loading program. It is important to seek professional advice regarding how to proceed with a rehab program, as it is easy to overload tendinopathy and aggravate it.

Tendinopathy treatment using manual therapy is an important adjunct to rehab as it can assist in reducing the symptoms in order to facilitate rehabilitation.

Tendinopathy pain treatment can include – Shockwave treatment, local tissue massage, dry needling, and rehabilitation.

To know more or book an appointment for Tendon pain treatment in Melbourne, contact our practitioners at (03) 9388 1735 or fill in the online form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Osteopaths are primary healthcare providers which means that no referral is necessary. If your treatment is being covered by WorkSafe, TAC or DVA, you will require a referral to ensure that your costs are covered.

We are able to treat WorkSafe, TAC, EPC and DVA patients, however you will require a referral from your GP. For TAC and WorkSafe patients we will also require your claim number and date of injury.

We are covered by private health funds via extras cover. Exact details will vary depending on the individual fund and level of cover. We do have a Hicaps machine which enables you to claim health fund payments on the spot.

For medicare rebates you must qualify for an EPC plan. You will need to discuss this with your GP, and a referral is necessary.

Yes, please bring in any X-ray, CT or MRI scan results you may have. If you have a report for these scans, make sure you bring this along as well.

During your first consultation your osteopath will ask questions about your problem and symptoms. They may also ask questions about your medical history, any medications you are taking or other factors that may not appear to be directly related to your problem. If your medical condition changes during the course of your osteopathic treatment, you should tell your osteopath.

Your osteopath may ask about any recent X-rays, scans or test results that you may have.

Depending on the area of your body requiring treatment, your osteopath may ask you to undress to your underwear. It’s important that you feel comfortable, so you may want to wear loose pants or bring a pair of shorts to change into.

Next, your osteopath will conduct a full osteopathic examination and if necessary, clinical tests. This may involve diagnostic, orthopaedic or neurological tests, postural assessments and activities or exercises, which will help determine how best to manage your condition.

The examination may include passive and active movements, such as the osteopath lifting your arms or legs. As part of the examination, you may also be asked to bend over or stand in your underwear. Be sure to wear comfortable, flexible and appropriate underwear.

As osteopathy takes a holistic approach to treatment, your practitioner may look at other parts of your body, as well as the area that is troubling you. For example, if you have a sore knee, your osteopath may also look at your ankle, pelvis and back.

Your osteopath may also provide education and advice to help you manage your condition between treatments. This may include giving you exercises to do at home or work.

Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy, so hands-on treatment may include massage, stretching, repetitive movements, mobilisation and/or manipulation. Most osteopathic treatment is gentle and should not cause undue discomfort. If your injuries do require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, your osteopath will exercise care to make you as comfortable as possible.

Some people experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, similar to that felt after mild exercise. If this soreness persists or increases significantly, call your osteopath to discuss your concerns.

Your initial consultation may last up to one hour. This will enable your osteopath to take a thorough history, examine and treat you. Follow-up treatments are usually shorter. Depending on your condition, they can take 30-40 minutes.

Generally you would expect to see some changes in your symptoms after one or two visits; however, some long-term or chronic conditions may require a longer course or more frequent treatment. If you have any concerns, your osteopath will be happy to discuss these with you.

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