Overcome Those Tricky Tendinopathies

Learn about which approaches to use when a tendon injury is not responding to treatment.

Tendinopathy is a failed healing response of tendons, with haphazard proliferation of tenocytes, intracellular abnormalities in tenocytes, disruption of collagen fibers, and a subsequent increase in noncollagenous matrix. This leads to mechanically less stable tendons which are more susceptible to damage. Once the poor healing has taken place it can be a challenge to stop the progression of the disease process and regain strength and function of the tendon. Thankfully we have some new courses to equip you with the knowledge you need to overcome those tricky tendinopathies.

This collection of courses has been created by Ebonie Rio, a tendon pain expert and researcher at La Trobe University in Australia. All of Ebonie’s courses are aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.

In Season Management of Tendons
Managing a lower limb tendinopathy requires replacement of provocative loads with appropriate loading to increase the tendon’s capacity without provoking symptoms. This can be particularly difficult when treating an athlete who is in-season as they need to train and compete at a high level. In this course topic specialist, Dr Ebonie Rio discusses her top tips of how to best manage an athlete who is actively competing while suffering from a lower limb tendinopathy.

Tendons can Be Tricky

Pink Flags and Tendons
Pink Flags are psychosocial predictors of good or positive outcomes. They are directly opposite from yellow flags which are psychosocial predictors of poor or negative outcomes. Tendinopathy can be difficult to manage and it can be important to shift someone’s beliefs and fears in order for them to buy into an active management strategy. In this course topic specialist, Ebonie Rio talks about using the concept of pink flags to promote self-efficacy amongst tendinopathy patients.

Keep an Eye on Those Pink Flags


EBP in Tendinopathy
Evidence-based practice is about integrating best evidence research with clinical expertise as well as a patient preference. Applying an evidence-based practice approach to the management of tendinopathy is not as simple as applying one set of research findings, from a single article, in a recipe format for a patient. Every patient presents with a unique clinical picture. The therapist managing the patient should apply a broad base of evidence to clinically reason a comprehensive management plan. It is important that management is not recipe-driven but should be based on the best evidence available at that time bearing in mind that evidence-based practice is fluid and constantly changes as more evidence is produced.

Check Out The Latest Evidence


Managing Difficult Tendinopathies
Sometimes patients just don’t get better as you would expect them to. Tendinopathies can be difficult to treat and require a high level of clinical reasoning and skill to manage effectively. In this course, Ebonie Rio takes you through a variety of helpful tips to help you reevaluate a tendinopathy patient to investigate why they are not improving. She will take you through techniques such as differential diagnoses, evaluating for co-morbidities and carefully analysing the patient’s current management plan, to determine why there is a problem and to identify a way to make progress.

Overcome Those Stubborn Tendons


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