Overuse, injury, and aging can lead to tendinopathy, which is a chronic tendon injury that worsens over time if not properly treated. The orthopedic specialists at Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, including Jason Petrasic, MD, Andrew Dold, MD, FACS, and Paul Ghattos, MD, offer advanced diagnostic testing and treatment for tendinopathy to prevent further tendon damage and improve your quality of life. To request an evaluation with the orthopedic experts at Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, call the office in Frisco, Texas, or request an appointment online today.
Tendinopathy — also referred to as tendinosis — is a chronic and degenerative condition characterized by the breakdown of the collagen in your tendon. You may be at risk of developing the chronic condition if you play sports or engage in physical activities that may require repetitive use of your tendon. Aging and ignoring tendon injuries may accelerate the degenerative process.
Though the chronic tendon injury can affect any tendon in your body, the condition most often affects the:
It was previously believed that tendinitis, inflammation of your tendon, caused the development of tendinopathy. However, researchers now think tendinopathy leads to tendinitis.
Your tendinopathy symptoms may develop gradually over time or come on suddenly and severely. Common symptoms of tendinopathy include:
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, contact the team at Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Ignoring your symptoms and delaying treatment may worsen your condition.
The team at Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine performs comprehensive exams to diagnose tendinopathy. During your exam, your orthopedic specialist reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam.
To confirm or rule out a diagnosis, the team uses ultrasound imaging to evaluate your musculoskeletal tissue to determine if your symptoms are due to inflammation or degeneration.
The team at Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine develops individualized treatment plans for tendinopathy based on the severity of your condition, your symptoms, and your overall health. Initially, the team may recommend physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication.
If your symptoms continue, the team may suggest platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. PRP is a form of regenerative medicine that concentrates the healing properties from your own blood to accelerate the healing process. For tendinopathy, your orthopedic specialist injects the PRP using ultrasound-guided imagery directly into your diseased tendon to help heal the tissue, reduce pain, and restore function.
For severe tendinopathy that doesn’t improve with medical treatments or regenerative medicine, the team at Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine may suggest surgery to repair your damaged tendon.
To schedule an evaluation to determine the underlying cause of your tendon pain, call Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, or request an appointment online today.