Thomas L. Sevier, MD, FACSM is a double board certified physician, consultant, author and medical researcher. As a team physician and event physician, he has provided medical coverage for many high-profile sporting events. Dr. Sevier established the first ACGME accredited Sports Medicine Fellowship in the United States, and has served as a faculty member at two universities. He has helped pioneer important advances in rehab and sports medicine, and writes extensively for peer-reviewed journals, scientific publications and books. Dr. Sevier regularly speaks on medical and rehabilitation matters, and serves as an expert resource for medical and popular media outlets. Dr. Sevier is one of the few physicians who has been granted fellowship status in both the American College of Sports Medicine and in the American College of Physicians.
Tendons are the tough tissue that connects your muscles to your bones. Often, tendons become painful and limit movement. For years, almost all conditions of painful tendons were referred to as tendonitis. Tendonitis (also spelled tendinitis) literally means that a tendon has inflammation, so doctors usually treated tendonitis by trying to reduce inflammation. This kind of treatment had very little success. Today, research has now shown us that chronic tendonitis only rarely has an element of inflammation.
Rather, the true problem is that the tendon has degenerated, and the condition should be more correctly called tendinosis (also spelled tendonosis). To be effective, the treatment for tendinosis should center on regenerating the degenerated tissue, instead of trying to reduce inflammation which is not even present in most cases.
One of the best options for regenerating soft tissue is Astym treatment. For years, the focus of its research and development has been on stimulating the regeneration of soft tissue. You can find out more on this treatment at www.astym.com.