Achilles Tendon Injury, Tendinitis & Tendinopathy Treatment

Queensland Centre of Sport and Movement (QCSM) has been providing medical services to active people for 20 years. The most common cause of tendon injury, tendinitis, or tendinopathy seen at QCSM is Achilles tendinitis. Other common tendons involved in injury include the rotator cuff, patella and tennis elbow.

Tendon injuries are very common in both workers and athletes. In fact up to 20% of workers involved in upper limb work have tendinitis involving their rotator cuff. Achilles tendinitis is also very common in people over the age of 30; approximately 3 in 10 runners develop Achilles tendinitis. It also occurs in non-athletes with up to 30% of people with Achilles tendinitis being sedentary. Lower limb tendon pain is worse in the morning or when getting out of chairs. Tendon injuries can be difficult and frustrating to treat.

The doctors at QCSM are specialists who have completed their specialty training. The specialists at QCSM include Dr Simon Locke and Dr Saul Geffen. QCSM provide medical specialists with special skills in treating tendinitis or tendinopathy. QCSM through its medical specialists devise specialised programs that treat tendon injuries for each individual. The principal goals are pain relief and improvement of function.

QCSM and its specialists offer a number of treatment options for each individual. All the treatment options offered at QCSM through its medical specialists are proven established medical care plans that provide good results in most people.

Tendon injuries/ tendinitis can be difficult to treat but QCSM offers the most up-to-date treatments that decrease tendon pain or tendinopathy over a short period of time.


Services Provided

QCSM and Dr Simon Locke offer the following services for the treatment of tendinitis/ tendinopathy in various sites. For persistent sustained pain relief, validated by international research, extracorporeal radial shockwave therapy is offered to all patients with Achilles tendinitis, calcific tendinopathy and tennis elbow. This offers the best chance of providing sustained, persistent symptom relief in these conditions for all patients of all types.

QCSM and Dr Simon Locke offer proven effective multidisciplinary treatments involving other professionals; these are validated in the in the scientific literature.

Management of tendon problems can include the following:

  1. QCSM offers in-house ultrasound as diagnostic tools and ultrasound
  2. Rehabilitation services using physiotherapy; including stretching, eccentric exercise and/or taping as required.
  3. Orthotic management if required
  4. Nitrates can also be prescribed for the appropriate person as part of the overall treatment program.

QCSM and its staff have undergone medical specialty training in their respective areas. Dr Locke is also active in tendon research and as a consequence offers his patient’s the most up-to-date management possible in these areas.

For details of cost, please contact our friendly reception staff.

Extracorporeal radial shockwave therapy is simple, effective and people can walk in and walk out following treatment. It has minimal, if any side-effects and is significantly cheaper than surgery or other options that have a greater risk of side-effects.

The treatment of tendonitis can be effective when multidisciplinary, multimodal treatments are offered by professionals who specialise in the management of tendon injuries at all sites. This is especially important when physical activity is a critical component of the management of most chronic disease in our society. Patients can and do return to exercise without pain following treatment for their plantar fasciitis at QCSM.

Please remember to obtain a referral from your treating medical professional or practitioner when coming to see us.

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