Tendons attach muscles to bone. When tendons become injured, whether from a traumatic event or overuse, inflammation occurs in the tendon which is called tendonitis. As with many injuries, conservative treatment such as physical therapy to evaluate the mechanics associated with the injury, can be all that is needed. Oral and topical antiinflammatories can also help address the symptoms of the inflammation. PRP or growth factor injections are gaining in popularity for curing tendinitis. We have seen dramatic results from PRP even in the setting of partial tendon tears at the elbow, knee, shoulder and ankle.
The dreaded “hammy” is the tearing of the muscle or tendon fibers of the powerful hamstring muscles at the back of the leg. It’s dreaded because the pain is sharp, and the recovery can be long. Here is what’s known and what’s new: