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Current Concepts in Tendinopathy Management: What Happened to Eccentrics?
October 22, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm MST
Tendinopathy is a common clinical condition characterized by painful mechanical loading of an involved tendon associated with significant limitations in daily activities. Recent research has improved our understanding and management of tendinopathy, however, clinical management of this condition continues to be variable in both type and theory of intervention. Current standard of physical therapy practice has yet to leverage the latest literature for effective treatment of tendinopathy. Progressive mechanical loading has been found to be an effective management strategy. Different modes of strength training, including isometric, isotonic, isolated eccentric, and isokinetic, can be used to control pain, improve motor control, and enhance function in pathological tissue.
Tendinopathies of the upper and lower extremities can have profound negative effects on an individual’s ability to participate in and return to their previous level of functional activities. This lecture will highlight current available evidence related to tendinopathy pathophysiology and provide simple and effective clinical management strategies for pain, progression of functional activities, and treatment of the entire kinetic chain. The material presented is appropriate for physical therapists and assistants, occupational therapists and assistants, and athletic trainers due to the widespread nature of managing tendon dysfunction.