In honor of the site's 20-year anniversary, we highlight some key events in the site's development, in the context of tendon research.
Our story starts over 20 years ago...
“We propose that there is a continuum of tendon pathology that has three stages: reactive tendinopathy, tendon dysrepair (failed healing) and degenerative tendinopathy.”
Dr. Jill Cook et al.
“This breakthrough has allowed us to find a way to alter the levels of collagen type-3 in tendons, with the ultimate aim to get patients with tendon injuries better quicker.”
Dr. Neal Millar
I worked as a freelance technical writer for computer companies for several years after graduating from Stanford University with B.S and M.S degrees. I loved technical writing, but I had to give it up because I developed chronic tendinopathy in both wrists and forearms from long hours of typing.
I looked into the medical research and decided to create this website in 2002 to share what I had learned about tendinopathy. I wanted to provide information and publicize the need to fund scientific research into repetitive strain injuries. When I put the site up in 2002, I could find almost no mention of tendinosis/tendinopathy anywhere on the web other than in a few research papers. Now the web is full of information about these injuries, so we have made a lot of progress in raising awareness. I think this site still serves a purpose since it focuses more on research than other informational medical sites that cover tendinopathy, and this site is written from the perspective of someone who has had the injury.
I created the site in hopes that people would find it informative and useful, but I am not a doctor and can’t give medical advice. This site is meant to be a summary of research to help you, but you’ll still need to seek medical care.
I receive some emails asking me how I am doing with my wrists today. My wrists took a number of years to improve, but eventually I could do much more with my hands in daily life. I am now pain-free as long as I don’t do certain hand-intensive things like typing. I use a pen tablet for computer tasks, and I have help with typing anything of any length. I can write by hand as long as I don’t do too much at once..
I wish you all the best with your healing and hope we'll have some breakthroughs in research in the near future.