Tender Loving Care: How Physiotherapy can help with Tendinitis

Understanding Tendinitis

Tendinitis is a condition characterised by the inflammation or irritation of a tendon. These thick, fibrous cords attach muscle to bone and allow muscles to pull on bones, moving joints  Whilst most movement does not lead to any problems in the tendon, there are some types of movements that can result in a tendinitis.  Jarring, repetitive movements can cause inflammation, as well as movements where a muscle is excessively loaded. This inflammation results in pain and tenderness just outside a joint. While tendinitis can occur in any of your tendons, it’s most commonly found in shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and heels.

The Role of Physiotherapy in Tendinitis Treatment

Physiotherapy, with its holistic approach, is important in the management of tendinitis. It’s not just about treating the symptom; it’s about understanding the cause and lifestyle and tailoring a treatment that aligns with your unique needs. Here’s how physiotherapy can help:

  • Personalised Assessment: The first step is a thorough assessment that will include taking a history of how the symptoms have developed, local observation and other tests. These will improve the understanding of the causative factors and how it is affecting the person.  This can include posture analysis, a look at lifestyle habits, and a discussion or analysis of physical activities that might aggravate the condition
  • Pain Management: Physiotherapy offers various pain management techniques.  From advice on how to apply effective ice and heat therapy to use of TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation), the focus is on reducing inflammation and providing relief without relying solely on medication. 
  • Exercise Therapy: Central to treating tendinitis, physiotherapists will design specific exercises to strengthen and stretch the affected muscles and tendons.  These exercises not only alleviate current symptoms but also develop strength and control to prevent future occurrences.
  • Education and Lifestyle Modification: Knowledge is power:  Physiotherapists educate patients on body mechanics and posture improvements to avoid undue strain on tendons. They also advise on ergonomic changes at work or home to support recovery.
  • Manual Therapy: Techniques such as massage, mobilisation, and ultrasound therapy can increase blood circulation, reduce scar tissue, and enhance healing.
  • Use of Assistive Devices: Braces or splints may be recommended to immobilise and rest the affected tendon.  These devices are only used for a limited time and serve to speed up the healing process.

    A Path to Pain-Free Living

    Tendinitis can be very painful and annoying, as it interferes with daily function, however it does not need to become a chronic condition. Physiotherapy provides effective management and rehabilitation. The physiotherapist will support with education about the function and action of the tendons and muscle groups affected, and how to manage the condition effectively, preventing future injury.


With their expertise in addressing physical ailments through gentle yet effective techniques, personalised care, and a commitment to long-term physical well-being, our physiotherapists at Home Physio Group offer a unique and compassionate approach to tackling tendinitis. Emphasising patient comfort and recovery, we ensure that each individual receives a tailored treatment plan that alleviates pain and promotes overall musculoskeletal health.

For more information on how we can assist you in your journey to overcome tendinitis, please call 0330 335 1016. Alternatively, you can fill out our contact form, and we will promptly get back to you with the care and support you need.

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We are a dedicated team of Chartered Physiotherapists working exclusively in your home and providing the highest level of care. We recognise the importance of knowing that you are in safe hands and being looked after. With this is mind, our client management team are here to assist you every step of the way and will answer any questions you may have. We are passionate about helping you to reach your goals, relieve your pain, and improve your mobility.

The benefits of using our service include:

  • All our physiotherapists are hand-picked professionals with years of experience
  • We are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). All our physiotherapists are checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 
  • We will arrange visits in your own home (or care home or place of work) at a convenient time to you
  • We work at speed and do not have a waiting list
  • We offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments
  • Our team work closely with the country’s leading consultants and specialists in their field
  • You will always have the same physiotherapist visiting you at home
  • You can have as many visits as you require
  • Our fixed pricing structure can be provided in writing so that you can consider it in your own time
  • We believe there is no “one size fits all” approach to care. Your personalised programme and treatment strategy will be unique to you