Muscle and Tendon Strains

Muscles provide the energy to enable us to move and stabilise our joints.  Muscles are attached to the bones of the body by tendons. If muscles and tendons are worked too hard or repetitively, such as during sporting activities, they can become overstrained, resulting in damage to the tissues.

Conditions we treat

We treat all types of muscle and tendon strains however the most common conditions we treat are:

  • All types of muscle sprain, tear or rupture
  • Golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Shin splints
  • Plantar fasciitis

What are the causes?

There are many causes and degrees of muscle and tendon strains with a wide range of consequences and outcomes.  Athletes or sportspeople can experience acute muscle tears whilst competing, causing them to stop the activity immediately. Picture an athlete or footballer pulling up with a torn hamstring.

Muscle and tendon strains can also be the result of repetitive activity putting persistent and continued strain through a muscle or tendon. Conditions such as golfers or tennis elbow are examples of repetitive tendon strain injuries.

How can osteopathy help?

Muscles enjoy a healthy blood supply meaning that they have a good capacity for healing. Generally strained or torn muscles will take 2-6 weeks to heal, depending on the extent of the injury.

As well as advising on rehabilitative exercises, osteopaths can help the healing process by gently stretching the muscle and keeping the effected joint mobilised whilst the muscle heals.