Is tendon pathology a continuum? A pathology model to explain the clinical presentation of load-induced tendinopathy

Cook, J. L. and Purdam, C. R. 2009, Is tendon pathology a continuum? A pathology model to explain the clinical presentation of load-induced tendinopathy, British journal of sports medicine, vol. 43, no. 6, pp. 409-416.

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Title Is tendon pathology a continuum? A pathology model to explain the clinical presentation of load-induced tendinopathy
Author(s) Cook, J. L.
Purdam, C. R.
Journal name British journal of sports medicine
Volume number 43
Issue number 6
Start page 409
End page 416
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009
ISSN 0306-3674
1473-0480
Summary Overuse tendinopathy is problematic to manage clinically. People of different ages with tendons under diverse loads present with varying degrees of pain, irritability, and capacity to function. Recovery is similarly variable; some tendons recover with simple interventions, some remain resistant to all treatments.

The pathology of tendinopathy has been described as degenerative or failed healing. Neither of these descriptions fully explains the heterogeneity of presentation. This review proposes, and provides evidence for, a continuum of pathology. This model of pathology allows rational placement of treatments along the continuum.

A new model of tendinopathy and thoughtful treatment implementation may improve outcomes for those with tendinopathy. This model is presented for evaluation by clinicians and researchers.
Language eng
Field of Research 091103 Ocean Engineering
Socio Economic Objective 920116 Skeletal System and Disorders (incl. Arthritis)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, BMJ Publishing Group
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022827

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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