How tendon heals, Collagen types?

Hello Everyone,

I took Scott’s advice and started reading about how tendon heals. I stumbled upon this article:

I think its good, I think I understand better now why time is important and the difference between the Type 3 Collagen (Produced in earlier stages of healing) and Stronger type 1 Collagen.

One question I have though, have any one tried taking Collagen booster supplements ? Either pills or eating a specific diet ? Is that something worth pursuing ?

I also started doing some exercises for my other healthy tendon as I read some where that the risk to rupture it is 200 times more when you are recovering.

Happy Recovery!!

7 Responses to “How tendon heals, Collagen types?”

  1. I take vitamin C, multivitamin and Fish oil Omega 3

  2. I honestly don’t know if there is any science behind this but it does make sense to eat collagen building foods such as jello and anything make with bone stock such as beef/chicken stock soups. If you do a search from the main page in the box on the top right for “foods” or “supplements” I’m sure you find links to blogs that list more. Recently Laetitia made a good list on her blog.

  3. Donna,

    are you from the USA? Just curious. I know most on here are from the UK and their protocols seem more aggressive than ours.

    thanks

  4. I was reading recently about diet for tendon healing. It comes up regularly here and apart from eating a good healthy diet there is not much science base to eating collagen rich foods. The body does not absorb the collagen and then use it in its own healing process. Also Vitamin C supplementation caused some abnormal collagen formation in healing tendons. Regarding the 200x risk of rupturing the other tendon. That is something we all, at least those who have only done one, will have to live for the rest of our lives and not just in the healing phase of this injury but we can minimise the risk to some degree with eccentric loading and other exercises. A good one I found was to stand on a theraband and hold it so it flexes your toes then push down with your toes against the resistance of the band. This apparently works other muscles that give aid to the AT. The 200x more likely is not as bad as it sounds because it is based on the number of people in a general population who rupture one AT. A good mathematician could work out the probability as a percentage which is more helpful but I suspect it would be very low. Come on Norm. Get to work on this. Missing your input and hope you are well. Got any fingernails left??

  5. Thanks Donna and eyceman.

    I take fish oil. I will try vitamin C and the soup.
    I was more interested in whether there is science behind it or experiments for who used over who didn’t. But generally eating healthy is good!!

  6. Ahhh.. Great input Stuart. So glad I found this website. You guys are the best!!

    Regarding exercising the other tendon, the article I posted above has the same exercise you mentioned. I will try practicing a couple of sets a day.

  7. Eyceman I’m originally from Boston, semi-retired now and living in Colorado the last 5 years.

    Great points Stuart…I didn’t know the body doesn’t use collagen ingested to repair…good to know. I did enjoy all the homemade chicken/beef soups and stews I made this winter though so not a total loss…big smile. I did hear to avoid vitamin C. As for rupturing the other tendon I’m not really worried about it…I look at it this way…I know I’d go non-op next time (THANKS NORM!) so would medically only need someone to put on the first two week cast, I have a boot now and lots of other ATR paraphernalia…and am quite sure I could implement the appropriate protocols and manage my own PT….HA HA. It would suck but I’ve got it should it occur.

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