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  • Writer's pictureDr. Alex Tapplin


Updated: May 10

We have special interest in treating tendon disorders and continue to stay on top of the latest clinical research as it evolves. The Sport medicine world has gotten away from calling tendon disorders tendinitis and move to more encompassing term tendinopathy.

Tendon problems have a variety of forms and names including tendonitis, tendonosis, tendinopathy and even partial thickness tendon tears.

These are some of the most common tendon problems we see:

  • Achilles tendinopathy, posterior tibial tendinopathy and peroneal tendinopathy.

  • Patellar and quadriceps tendinopathy

  • Proximal hamstring tendinopathy, gluteal tendinopathy, adductor and hip flexor tendinopathy.

  • Tennis elbow, golfers elbow and rotator cuff tendinopathy.

It’s very common for us to treat people that have already seen other physical therapists, chiropractors, sports medicine physicians for injections and other therapies.

Lastly, here’s a video I did a while back with some general recommendations regarding exercise for common tendon problems.

Stay Healthy,

Alex Tapplin, DC, CSCS, CCSP

Sports Medicine Specialist Chiropractor


Effective Tendon Disorder Treatment: A Comprehensive Approach

In our sports medicine practice, we understand the importance of targeted and evidence-based treatments for tendon disorders. Tendons play a crucial role in movement, and when they're injured, it can significantly impact daily life and athletic performance. That's why we're committed to offering advanced therapies that prioritize healing and recovery.

Our approach begins with understanding the latest research in the field. Renowned researcher Jill Cook emphasizes the efficacy of specific exercises and protocols in loading injured tendons. According to her work, targeted loading can stimulate tendon adaptation and promote healing.

Furthermore, we integrate collagen loading into our treatment plans based on the research of Keith Baar. His studies highlight the benefits of collagen supplementation prior to exercise, enhancing tendon resilience and performance.

In our office, patients have access to a range of treatment options tailored to their needs. Soft tissue techniques and manual therapy are employed to address the affected area and restore function throughout the kinetic chain. Additionally, we offer innovative modalities such as laser therapy and shockwave therapy, proven to accelerate tendon healing and reduce pain.

For those who may benefit, we also offer dry needling, both directly and indirectly targeting the affected tendon. Sonography imaging may also be utilized to precisely diagnose tendon conditions, distinguishing between tears and tendinitis/tendinosis, guiding personalized treatment plans.

At our practice, we're dedicated to providing comprehensive care for tendon disorders, combining the latest research with advanced therapies to optimize healing and restore function. Questions? Reach out using the chat function here.

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