Tendinitis, or tendonitis, is a common condition that occurs when tendons become inflamed, causing pain and discomfort. Treatment for tendinitis typically
includes rest, anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy. In recent years, eccentric lengthening of tendons has emerged as an effective treatment option for tendinitis. In this article, we will explore the role of eccentric lengthening of tendons in the treatment of tendinitis.
Eccentric lengthening is a type of exercise that involves lengthening a muscle while it is contracting. This type of exercise has been shown to be effective in treating tendinitis because it strengthens the tendon and helps to reduce inflammation. Eccentric lengthening has been found to be particularly effective in treating tendinitis of the Achilles tendon, patellar tendon, and elbow tendons.
In tendinitis, the tendon becomes damaged and inflamed, resulting in pain and limited range of motion. Eccentric lengthening exercises work by increasing the strength of the tendon and reducing inflammation. The exercises involve gradually lengthening the tendon against resistance, which stimulates the growth of new tendon tissue and increases the strength of the tendon.
A study conducted by the University of Copenhagen found that eccentric lengthening exercises were effective in treating tendinitis of the Achilles tendon. The study found that patients who performed eccentric lengthening exercises had a 60-90% reduction in pain compared to patients who received traditional treatment.
Eccentric lengthening exercises have also been found to be effective in treating patellar tendinitis. A study published in the Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy found that eccentric lengthening exercises were more effective than traditional physical therapy in reducing pain and improving function in patients with patellar tendinitis.
In addition to its effectiveness in treating tendinitis, eccentric lengthening has been shown to be safe and well-tolerated by patients. A study published in the Journal of Athletic Training found that eccentric lengthening exercises were not associated with an increased risk of injury, and patients reported a high level of satisfaction with the treatment.
Eccentric lengthening of tendons is an effective and safe treatment option for tendinitis. It works by increasing the strength of the tendon and reducing inflammation, which results in reduced pain and improved function. Eccentric lengthening exercises have been shown to be particularly effective in treating tendinitis of the Achilles tendon, patellar tendon, and elbow tendons. It is a valuable treatment option for patients seeking relief from the symptoms of tendinitis, and it should be considered as an option for those undergoing physical therapy for this condition.