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Tennis and Golfers Elbow, Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, Rotator cuff tendonopathy or syndrome

Common tendonitis’ are tennis elbow, golfers elbow, rotator cuff, and patellar (knee cap) to name a few.  These can be caused be overuse—work environments/sports—or in some causes the onset can be initiated with a trauma.  There is often a biomechanical issue up or down stream from the issue that can lead to the prolonged recovery.



Tendonitis is a term used to describe an irritation of a tendon unit.  Tendons connect muscle to bone tissue.  A fasciitis is an irritation of a fascial tissue.  Fascia encases connective tissue and keeps it organized in the body.

Plantar fasciitis is a common issue involving the foot/ankle area.  The plantar fascia is a connective tissue that aids in normal walking.  With altered mechanics in the lower body this area gets suboptimal tension distribution which can lead to a fasciitis—similar to a tendonitis.

All of these conditions require a thorough assessment of body mechanics and education on how to improve the environment of the area so the injury can heal properly.  Some health care providers miss the big picture of the injury/ailment and this can lead to the area not healing 100% or reoccurrence.

To supplement the recovery of these conditions acupuncture, shockwave, and cupping therapies can be utilized.  As mentioned earlier, the most important piece to remedy this pathology is through altering the body’s body mechanics; this in turn, will remove the irritating factor so the tissue will once again regain normal function.


Matt Welsh

Registered Physiotherapist, MScPT, BHSc