Questions tagged [tendons]

Questions regarding tendons, a band of fibrous tissue and the anatomical connection between muscles to bones as opposed to ligaments that connect different bones.

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Does cissus quadrangularis help prevent or heal a tendinopathy?

I have seen many non-scientific claims that cissus quadrangularis help heal a tendinopathy. For example: https://www.resonatenutrition.com/cissus_quadrangulairs_joint_repair.html (mirror): Today ...
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Do non-insertional tendinopathies tend to be more often caused by cumulative microtrauma compared to insertional tendinopathies?

Do non-insertional tendinopathies tend to be more often caused by cumulative microtrauma from repetitive overloading (eg overtraining) compared to insertional tendinopathies? I read on https://...
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Does astaxanthin help prevent or heal a tendinopathy?

{1} claims that astaxanthin: Use of natural astaxanthin may suggest that daily use can help alleviate pain associated with Tennis Elbow, and increase mobility This study doesn't seem to have ...
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Does the delivery of BMP-12,-13,-14 (either in form of a gene or a protein) into an injured tendon help improve healing in humans?

I have read that delivery of BMP-12,-13,-14 (either in form of a gene or a protein) into an injured tendon improved healing, but I haven't been able yet to find an in-vivo study in humans confirming ...
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What is this study on the efficacy of tenocyte therapy?

I read on https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tendinosis&oldid=778129911#Tendon_bioengineering: The future of non-surgical care for tendinosis is likely bioengineering. Ligament ...
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Has any treatment based on applying exogenous BMP-2 to the wound site been shown to be useful to treat tendinopathies?

The 2011 study {1} showed that: Our findings indicate that it is possible to significantly improve tendon healing by applying exogenous BMP-2 to the wound site, inferring that this protein could be ...
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What is the proper timing for dexamethasone injections to improve the healing of damaged tendons in humans?

{1} found via experiments on rats that: Dexamethasone given days 5–9 leads to an increased force at failure on mechanical testing. {2}, which commented on {1}, noted that: "It's well-known ...
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Does the morphology of the insertion of the gluteus minimus to the greater trochanter impact the likelihood of being affected by a tendinopathy?

{1} noted two different morphologies for the insertion of the gluteus minimus to the greater trochanter: Two morphologies noted: The majority (11/14) were long, thin, and crescent shaped and ran ...
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Studies on the efficacy of CBD to fight connective tissue inflammation

In the last 2 years, I have began armwrestling competitively in tournaments (yes its a real thing!) across the northeastern US. In armwrestling, your tendons and ligaments take a lot more damage than ...
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Is cupping therapy of any use to treat a tendinopathy?

I have read some unsupported claims that cupping therapy helps treat a tendinopathy, e.g. http://www.tridoshawellness.com/quadriceps-tendonitis-treatment-with-cupping (mirror): Quadriceps ...
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Why are non-flat counterforce braces supposed to work?

Why are non-flat counterforce braces supposed to work, when used for a lateral or medial epicondylopathy? I heard the following reasons: they increase the blood circulation they provide active ...
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How effective is diacutaneous fibrolysis to treat an epicondylopathy?

(1) presented some interesting results regarding the effectiveness of diacutaneous fibrolysis to treat subacromial impingement syndromes. How effective is diacutaneous fibrolysis to treat an ...
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Different types of nociceptors in muscle vs connective tissue?

TL;DR I'm wondering if there is any difference in the types of receptors that exist for muscles vs connective tissue. I ask because I compete in sports where I definitely strain/injure muscle, and I ...
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Does ingesting nitric oxide capsules help treating a tendinopathy?

Ingesting nitric oxide capsules supposedly increases blood flow. For example, this Nitric Oxide Supplement (mirror) claims: Does ingesting nitric oxide capsules help treating a tendinopathy? (since ...
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Does ingesting nicotinamide riboside (NR) supplements have a deleterious effect on tendons?

I read on https://web.archive.org/web/20180308023625/http://www.longecity.org/forum/topic/98465-elysium-basis-trial-published-repeat-dose-nr-pterostilbene-increases-nad-levels-in-humans/: As you ...
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Why do testosterone / anabolic steroid injection increase the risk of tendon rupture?

In {1}, a physician mentions that testosterone injections increase the risk of tendon rupture. The controlled study {2}, based on medical histories from 142 experienced male bodybuilders age 35–55, ...
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Why do deep-friction treatments stimulate fibroblast activity and collagen production?

{1} presents some techniques to treat tendinopathies, and says that: deep-friction treatments serve to stimulate fibroblast activity and collagen production. Why do deep-friction treatments ...
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Does the use of bodybuffers stimulate tendon healing?

I read on http://boxpromag.com/the-power-of-bellecores-bodybuffer/ : Stimulating muscle and tendon healing. Is there any study that confirmed or infirmed that the use of bodybuffers stimulates ...
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Is exceeding the recommended time for ice application detrimental (delay healing) for soft tissue injuries?

I read on https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=RICE_(medicine)&oldid=732386650 RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) is considered a first-aid treatment, rather than a cure for soft ...
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Can the active release technique help prevent or treat tendon injuries?

Can the active release technique help prevent or treat tendon injuries? I have read some pilot studies with small samples sizes (see below), I wonder whether there are more extensive studies, ideally ...
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Any link between Cubital Tunnel Syndrome and “chronic” tendonitis?

Is there any evidence linking Cubital Tunnel Syndrome to "chronic" (persistent, non-healing) tendonitis or any other long-term/chronic issues with connective tissue in the elbow region?
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Does aerobic exercises increase the blood around the tendons that attach to the epicondyles at the elbow end of the humerus?

http://www.livestrong.com/article/315152-how-to-increase-tendon-strength/ (mirror): Increase circulation throughout your body to improve the blood flow to your tendons. Part of the problem with ...
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Why are medial epicondylopathies more effectively treated with open, traditional surgical procedures than with arthroscopies?

I read on http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00646 (mirror): Common arthroscopic procedures include: Treatment of tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) There are several elbow surgical ...
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How much reduction of blood flow in the soft tissues can result from stress?

I read on http://www.spine-health.com/glossary/muscle-tension: Stress may change the body's nervous system by constricting blood vessels and reducing blood flow to the soft tissues, including ...
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What is the role of surgery when treating an overuse tendinitis?

What is the role of surgery when treating an overuse tendinitis? By overuse tendinitis, I really mean tendinitis, not tendinosis. {1} indicates that the role of surgery when treating an overuse ...
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How effective is the Graston Technique® to treat a tendinopathy?

How effective is the Graston Technique® to treat a tendinopathy? I am mostly interested in epicondylopathies (medial or lateral, i.e., tennis elbows and golfer elbows) What I have found so far: I ...
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Are there any issues with missing this hand tendon?

If I pinch my thumb and little finger together with my hand facing up and then roll my hand towards me, palm side up, I see a tendon 'pop' out of the centre of my wrist. It appears only some of my ...
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Is methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) of any use to treat a tendinopathy?

Has methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) been shown to be of any use to treat a tendinopathy? I looked for information on Google and Google Scholar but haven't found anything, so I'm not sure whether it means ...
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Why do doctors use tendon instead of ligament in key-hole surgery?

For knee surgery, the most common method is to use a tendon from elsewhere in patient's body to replace the torn anterior cruciate ligament. But why tendon not ligament? Tendon have different ...
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What are the long-term side effects of glyceryl trinitrate patches used to treat a tendinopathy?

Nitric oxide (NO) has been reported to help tendon healing [1,3]. One common way to deliver NO is via glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) patches. In the short run, glyceryl trinitrate can cause severe ...
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Why do tennis elbow (epicondylitis) mostly affect the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB)?

It has been shown (1, 2) that tennis elbows (epicondylitis) mostly affect the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB). Why does it mostly affect this muscle, and rarely the other muscles attached to the ...
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What stretches are worth doing for a healthy 30-year-old male to prevent tendon injuries?

The patient is a 30-year-old male who seems healthy but with a history of tendon injuries. He is a software engineer. What stretches are worth doing, and at which frequency (e.g., daily or weekly)? ...
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Why does tendon overuse sometimes evolve into a tendinitis and sometimes evolve into a tendinosis?

From what I read, tendon overuse sometimes evolves into a tendinitis and sometimes it evolves into a tendinosis. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tendinitis: Individual variation in frequency and ...
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What are the long term effects of Lidocain injections to treat a tendinopathy?

Lidocain injections are often regarded as a potential replacement for corticosteroid injections, as the latter have been demonstrated to weaken tendons in the long-term (> 6 months). What are the ...
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What keyboard put the least strain on the epicondyles (elbow tendons)?

I wonder what keyboard put the least strain on the epicondyles (elbow tendons). There exist many keyboards that advertise themselves as being ergonomic, but often fail to provide more details as to ...
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What could explain that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are not more efficient than Autologous Blood injections to treat a tendinopathy?

A number of RCT studies have shown that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are not more efficient than autologous blood injections to treat a tendinopathy. Example: Krogh, T., E. M. Bartels, T. ...
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Do vertical split-keyboards cause less stress on the hand, wrist and arm than traditional keyboards?

Vertical split-keyboards are often marketed as more ergonomics than traditional keyboards. Is that true? I am especially interested in stress on the epicondyles of the humerus. I am aware of the ...
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How can an MRI influence the treatment in case of an elbow tendinopathy?

I wonder what findings in an MRI may influence the treatment in case of an elbow tendinopathy. I have noticed that a fair amount of physicians (at least in the United States and in France) are ...
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How to know whether an inflammation is present in a tendinopathy?

I wonder how to know whether an inflammation is present in a tendinopathy. In other words, how to distinguish a tendinosis from a tendonitis. http://physical-therapy.advanceweb.com/Features/Articles/...
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Why can joint pains be felt even when there is no external activity taking place, unlike muscle pains?

From http://www.epainassist.com/articles/differences-between-muscle-pain-and-joint-pain: Why can joint pains be felt even when there is no external activity taking place, unlike muscle pains?
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What sort of injuries to structures near the tendon may happen during an autologous blood injection?

One of the risks of autologous blood injections is injury to structures near the target tendon. Example: http://www.sportsmed.net.nz/patient-info/general-rehabilitation/autologous-blood-injections/: ...
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Why is lateral epicondylitis 5 times more common than medial epicondylitis?

http://www.mdguidelines.com/epicondylitis-medial-and-lateral says: Incidence and Prevalence: Lateral epicondylitis is at least 5 times more common than medial epicondylitis (Mercier). The exact ...
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Applying heat therapy: heat patch vs. hot towel vs hot water before exercise

The article Muscle Strains & Heat Therapy: Warming up Your Pre-Workout Routine says: Applying heat therapy to chronic injuries and taking preventative measures for strained muscles before ...
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Improving the penetrability of essential oils used to treat a tendinitis

Some essential oils, such as Gaultheria procumbens, contain methyl salicylate, which is a cyclooxygenase inhibitor. As a result, some believe it may be of some use to treat tendinities (e.g., (1), ...
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What are the downsides of autologous tenocyte implantations?

I have read a couple of research articles that seem to be quite laudative toward autologous tenocyte implantation (ATI): (1) presents a successful recovery for partial-thickness rotator cuff tear and ...
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How long does it take to recover from a biopsy of a tendon?

I wonder how long it takes to recover from a biopsy of a tendon. E.g. Zheng, Ming Hao, Paul Anderson, and Jerome Waddell. Orthocell's Ortho-ATI: Tendon Regeneration. Vol. 1. Jerome Waddell, 2014., ...
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In what cases is a tendon injury considered not amenable to surgery?

Wang, Allan W., et al. "Autologous tenocyte implantation, a novel treatment for partial-thickness rotator cuff tear and tendinopathy in an elite athlete." BMJ case reports 2013 (2013): bcr2012007899. ...
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How can I measure my tendon length?

I read on Wikipedia's page on tendon (mirror): Tendon length varies in all major groups and from person to person. How can I measure my tendon length? I am mostly interested in the tendons that ...
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Why can't artificial tendons withstand heavy lifting?

This page from University of Washington on replacement and tendon repair says: For example, replacement joints cannot withstand heavy lifting, so we would recommend that patients avoid such ...
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Why aren't tendons affected by chronic tendinopathy replaced by artificial tendons?

A fair amount of patients suffer from chronic tendinopathy. Why aren't defectuous tendons replaced by artificial tendons?