Online Course
Managing Difficult Tendinopathies
Approaches to use when a tendon injury is not responding to treatment

1 hour





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Ebonie Rio
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Ebonie is a tendon pain expert and researcher at La Trobe University in Australia.

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Sometimes patients just don’t get better as you would expect them to. Tendinopathies can be difficult to treat and require a high level of clinical reasoning and skill to manage effectively. In this course, Ebonie Rio takes you through a variety of helpful tips to help you reevaluate a tendinopathy patient to investigate why they are not improving. She will take you through techniques such as differential diagnoses, evaluating for co-morbidities and carefully analysing the patient’s current management plan, to determine why there is a problem and to identify a way to make progress.


This course aims to equip the learner with a variety of skills to clinically reason why a person with a painful tendon is not making progress.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1 hour depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 0.8 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • to interpret subjective findings to confirm the diagnosis of tendinopathy
  • evaluate the appropriateness of a management plan of a person with tendinopathy
Featured reviews
Great course, easy to follow, and excellent information shared that is clinically applicable.
Bianca Lutchman-Dindial
Trinidad And Tobago
I took this course because I do not have experience and knowledge in this area and found it accessible and succinct. I liked the focus on the tendon management considerations in this course. I feel equipped to avoid some errors and am keen to continue with the other tendinopathy courses and expand my learning.
Julie Joblon
Another excellent segment of Ebonie's tendon series. Clear, concise and applicable.
Conor Barry