Tendon Injuries

The Centre of Sport and Movement (CSM) has been providing medical services to active people for 30 years. The most common cause of tendon injury, tendinitis, or tendinopathy seen at CSM 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.

Dr Simon Locke is a specialist who has completed his specialty training. Dr Locke’s special skill is in treating tendinitis or tendinopathy. He will devise specialised programs that treat tendon injuries for each individual. The principal goals are pain relief and improvement of function. CSM offer a number of treatment options for each individual. All the treatment options offered at CSM are proven established medical care plans that provide good results in most people.

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

Services Provided

Dr Simon Locke offers 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.  Other injections with solid literature support can be offered as well. This gives each patient the best chance of attaining sustained, persistent symptom relief with these conditions.

CSM and Dr 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. Dr Locke offers in-house ultrasound as a diagnostic tool and ultrasound guided injections
  2. Rehabilitation services using physiotherapy; including stretching, eccentric exercise and/or taping as required.
  3. Management including medication can also be prescribed for the appropriate person as part of the overall treatment program.

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.

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