Weak tendons -- what to do?
April 8, 2014 6:55 AM Subscribe
My boyfriend has been having orthopedic injuries that are intense and debilitating for a day or two, and then disappear. He saw a doctor this morning that said it's possibly caused by weak tendons or ligaments, but didn't offer suggestions on the underlying cause or preventative measures. YANMD, but what sort of doctor should we look for?
posted by redlines to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My boyfriend is in his early 30s, average weight and height, and does not exercise very often other than the occasional game of tennis.
Last week, he twisted his ankle while walking, felt searing pain, and was immobile for two days. He did the usual rest, ice, compression, elevation routine, and it seems totally fine now.
A few months ago, he woke up one morning with a swelling in the other ankle (although there was no specific injury), with the same symptoms: intense pain and inability to walk. This also settled down in a couple of days.
The biggest issue is that for the last six years or so, he's been having sharp pains in the lower back off and on when he runs, sits still for too long (as when driving), or even when he eats too much.
We just went to an orthopedic doctor at the health care center of the university where he works and described these three problems. The x-ray of the recently injured ankle shows nothing conclusive. We got an x-ray of the back as well but don't know the results yet. The doctor posited that there is a general tendency of weakness in the tendons and ligaments, but said that he should continue usual activity (including running or hiking), and come see him if there's another injury (duh!). He did not offer ideas on how to prevent further injuries or strengthen the tendons.
I'm dissatisfied with this, since we don't have any sort of solution or explanation other than general "weakness." What sort of specialist should we see that will be more helpful? An orthopedic unit at a hospital, a physical therapist, a sports medicine doctor, etc.? Specific recommendations in the Boston area would also be great.
If you've had a similar problem, what do you do to keep it under control?