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What is rectus abdominis tendinopathy?



The rectus abdominis muscle is the ‘six pack’ muscle that runs down the middle of the abdomen. Rectus abdominis tendinopathy is damage to the tendon of this muscle where it attaches to the pelvis, just above the genitals. Physiotherapy is an effective way to treat rectus abdominis tendinopathy.


How does rectus abdominis tendinopathy happen?



Rectus abdominis tendinopathies commonly result from repetitive use of the rectus abdominis tendon. This tendon is stressed when the rectus abdominis muscle contracts, such as when performing a sit up.


How does rectus abdominis tendinopathy feel?



Rectus abdominis tendinopathy causes pain just above the genitals. The pain usually occurs when the rectus abdominis is contracted, such as when performing a sit up or quickly changing direction when running. Other symptoms include:

What should I do if I have rectus abdominis tendinopathy?



Rectus abdominis tendinopathy does not usually resolve unless its cause is addressed. If you have or think you have rectus abdominis tendinopathy, you should consult a physiotherapist. In the meantime, you can ice your injury with a bag of frozen peas or crushed ice wrapped in a damp cloth for 15-20 minutes.


Physiotherapy treatment for rectus abdominis tendinopathy.



Physiotherapy is important in the treatment of rectus abdominis tendinopathy. Firstly, your physiotherapist will diagnose your injury. In some cases, referral for an ultrasound or MRI scan may be required. Following the diagnosis your physiotherapist will devise a treatment plan to specifically target the cause of your rectus abdominis tendinopathy. Treatment may involve:

What shouldn’t I do if I have rectus abdominis tendinopathy?



If you have rectus abdominis tendinopathy, you shouldn’t ignore it and continue with activities that aggravate your condition or your injury could get worse, lengthening your recovery.


Could there be any long-term effects from rectus abdominis tendinopathy?



Rectus abdominis tendinopathy does not normally cause any long-term effects, if it is properly diagnosed and treated. A full recovery is generally made within a few weeks.

To arrange a physiotherapy appointment or work site assessment call Physio.co.uk on 0330 088 7800 or book online.


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