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Old 10-15-2012, 05:57 AM   #14
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No one knows exactly what is going on at the tendon level in any one patient suffering from tendonitis/tendonosis.

There just is not a good test that will tell us how much inflammation really is present.

The bottom line is that it takes a long, long time for tendon to heal.

It has a lousy blood supply, and has to support very high forces.

Most people are familiar with the way a skin injury heals so very quickly in a couple of weeks.

They can't wrap their heads around the concept that different tissues heal at different rates.

Skin is growing at a very rapid rate and has a great blood supply. The pulling force on skin at any one point is quite small.

Tendon isn't growing at all under normal conditions, and has a lousy blood supply. The force of muscle pulling on tendon is great.

People think 2 weeks is a long time - long enough to injured tendon to heal.

They are wrong.

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