Stephanie Dakin, PhD, BVetMed, from the University of Oxford in the U.K., studied the microscopic characteristics of tendons in people with exercise-related tendinopathy. Tendinopathy is a tendon disorder that causes pain, inflammation and limited function of the affected joint. Her research team found an increased number of blood vessels and cells—suggestive of inflammatory response—in the injured tendon samples when compared with healthy tissue. “Advancing understanding of how exercise influences tendon inflammation at the cellular level during early-stage injury will inform the development of treatment regimens that optimize tissue repair during this critical therapeutic window. This knowledge is important to reduce the formation of scar tissue and likelihood of recurrent injury,” Dakin explained.
The research will be presented virtually at the American Physiological Society (APS) Integrative Physiology of Exercise (IPE) conference. Request the Abstract: "Exercise induced inflammation in tendinopathy"