APONEUROSIS

An Aponeruosis (sometimes referred to in Gray’s Anatomy as an “Aponeurotica“) is essentially a flattened out tendon.  Most of the time Aponeuroticae are simply referred to as Fascia.  Instead of writing about it, it is much easier to show you a few examples.

 

Plantar Fasciitis is a common problem.

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The Palmar Fascia or “Palmar Aponeurosis” is analagous to the Plantar Aponeurosis above.

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The entire top of the head is an Aponeurosis. I have found many cases of scar tissue in this area.

 

Although I call it Abdominal Fascia in the office, all of the white stuff that you see is technically called the Abdominal Aponeurosis.

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Notice how much fascia is in this picture of the groin area. You can see that Dr. Gray (Gray’s Anatomy) has labeled this as an “Aponeurosis”.

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The bottom line is that no matter what you call it (fascia, tendon, aponeurosis), it is basically the same stuff — ELASTIC, COLLAGEN-BASED CONNECTIVE TISSUE, and we fix it in largely the same way.   You can learn more about this process by browsing our FASCIA or TENDINOSIS pages.

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