Tendonology - Specialist Tendon Treatment for Horses

Science of Tendon Treatment

Tendons are physiologically and structurally complicated and often injuries have long healing times and a convoluted aetiology. As a consequence the management of injuries and rehabilitation after treatment requires specialist knowledge and patience.

Conditions and injuries to tendons commonly have many different possible origins and causes making the treatment of them rather pointless if the underlying cause is not corrected.

Chronic (long term) degenerative pathology is often a major clinical consideration in the management of tendon conditions in athletes whether they be equine or human. To explain, tendons cyclically undergo a constant process of regeneration and degeneration of the structure and coupled with routine loading and unloading often to extremes makes them particularly prone to injury. When the balance of regeneration and degeneration becomes upset the tendon architecture becomes vulnerable to breakdown.

Tendonology's treatment regime is based upon the hypothesis that whilst tendon tissue is constantly in this state of biological regeneration and degeneration this process occurs slowly and should be in a state of relative equilibrium. However, in many cases this is not the situation and the degenerative phase runs ahead (at times significantly) of the regenerative phase. This leaves the structure potentially vulnerable to mechanically induced stress overload and ultimately breakdown.

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One reason for the sluggish regenerative cycle has been identified as a slowing or blocking of the cell to cell communication process. This process is, to a degree controlled by electro-chemical signaling. Tendonology's treatment reignites this electrochemical process by the precise application of a minute and cell specific sequenced electric current.

In simple terms the treatment significantly increases the level of cellular activity which in turn increases the rate of collagen production that has the effect of reducing the incidence of chronic degeneration (the major cause of injury) and promotes a quicker repair in tendons that are damaged. In addition, the repair tissue is the same type as the original tendin tissue (a type I collagen) not a scar type repair (type II collagen as normally happens with other treatments) so reducing the chance of re-injury.

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