Comprehensive assessment for an accurate diagnosis
It is essential the correct diagnosis is made. However with a tendon injury, just making the correct diagnosis is not enough. Only by understanding why the injury has happened is it possible to prevent the injury happening again. Although a tendon injury may seem like a random event, usually there are many factors that make a tendon injury more likely.
What will happen at my appointment?
All patients will have a detailed history taken. This will include a full medical history including previous injuries and illnesses, medications taken and a family history. An occupational and activity history is also taken as these aspects can give information on why an injury is presenting now.
A detailed clinical examination will be performed. This will not just be of the affected tendon or limb but will be of the patient as a whole.
Diagnostic Imaging and additional investigations
Diagnostic ultrasound imaging can often be provided at the initial appointment allowing for a one stop shop for diagnosis and investigation. Sometimes an MRI or blood tests may be recommended.
Once a diagnosis has been made, and an understanding of why the injury is presenting now, then an appropriate treatment plan can be put in place