A recent article in The New England Journal of Medicine (http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMoa1305189 ) has grabbed headlines for stating that surgery for partial meniscal tears is no better than ‘sham’, or placebo surgery. This follows the results of two previous studies stating that surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee is no more effective than sham surgeryRead More
Unfortunately, ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) ruptures are quite common - there are over 10,000 reconstructive surgeries performed in Australia each year (Janssen et al., 2011) .
These can be a pretty debilitating injury! They hurt a lot when they happen and they can fast track the development of osteoarthritis in the knee - not good news!Read More
Before about 1998, most tendon treatment revolved around stretching, icing, rest and ant-inflammatory medication. We don’t do any of those four things now (with a few exceptions) – how things have changed! Tendinopathy is the word we now use to describe tendon injuries – ‘tendinitis’ has been thrown away as the ‘-itis’ refers to inflammation – and it has been shown that tendons do not truly get inflamed.
So why not stretch tendinopathies?