Tendons are fibrous connective tissue that attach a muscle to bone.
Ligaments attach bone to bone.
Inflammation of tendons and ligaments at their point of attachment onto bone are referred to as enthesopathies. These can be very painful and lead to changes in gait and posture.
Common examples include golfer’s elbow and jumper’s knee.
Therapy is directed at reducing the increased tension in the affected muscle and decreasing the inflammation at the site of attachment of the tendon. Unfortunately, all too often steroids are injected which may provide temporary relief but can weaken the ligament. Repeat injections can lead to rupture.
At the Centeno-Schultz Clinic, enthesopathies are treated prolotherapy to strengthen the ligament. Many patients who undergo stem cell therapy have enthesopathies which have contributed to their orthopedic conditions. A complete and thorough evaluation and examination is our standard.