Active Care Rehab

Patella Tendinopathy

indexPatella tendinitis or jumper’s knee is more accurately called patella tendinopathy. Tendinitis mean inflammation of the tendon but patella tendinopathy is a degenerative condition of the patella tendon. This condition is described as local tenderness of the patella tendon at the attachment on the patella.

Patella tendon injuries occur more commonly in distance runners, sprinters, and athletes that freqently jump. The increase is knee flexion or bending predispose these individuals to the injury because knee flexion increases the force and stress on the tendon. Excessive quad tightness or dominance may increase the risk for injury as well.

Treatment for patella tendinopathy consist of Active Release and Graston on the quad muscles as well as the tendon to decrease tightness and built up adhesions. These myofascial release techniques also start the rebuilding of the tendon by starting a controlled inflammatory response. Rehab exercises to strengthen and lengthen the  quad muscles help decrease longevity and recurrence of the injury.Interestingly, research has shown that resistance quad strengthening such as knee extension exercises has a negative effect on recovery.

 

Yours in health

 

Dr. Justin Hildebrand

Active Care Rehab

Achilles Tendinitis

AchillesAchilles tendinitis plagues many active individuals (runners to bikers) and the on the go hard worker. In fact, in a military study 10 of the 69 cadets who participated suffered an Achilles overuse injury. The Achilles tendon is placed  under intense strain everyday, with every movement. During running the tendon can be placed under forces seven times greater than body weight. It is no wonder that it is injured so frequently.

This injury is associated with pain in the back of the lower leg from the heel to five inches above. Achilles tendinitis, more appropriately called tendinosis, can occur in the high arched and low arched individual. Most commonly the injury is due to overuse rather than an accident. Chronic tightness in the calf muscles cause increased stress on the tendon. The Achilles begins to tighten and become sore over time and eventually the injury ensues.

Instead of using heel lifts and orthotics, rehabilitative insoles and gentle lengthening of the calf is a better approach. Aggressive stretching can cause increased stress on the tendon and increase the damage to the structure. Relieving trigger points in the muscle bellies with massage or foam rolling followed by gently dynamic, multi-planar stretching appears to be the best protocol for recovery.  If pain is worse in the morning a Active Ankle Dns Dorsal Night Splint Small (men 5-10 Women 5-9 1/2) can be helpful during the early stages of recovery.

If you are having Achilles pain or suffer from Achilles tendinosis a Graston, Active Release Techniques or soft tissue manipulation trained Chiropractor or therapist can be beneficial. Click here to see my rehab exercises for Achilles tendinosis.

Yours in health,

Dr. Justin Hildebrand