Tendinitis Health (cont.)

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Tendinitis Treatment

Self-Care at Home

  • Rest

  • Immobilization of affected extremity

  • Ice to affected area

  • Elevation of affected extremity

  • Use of over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as Advil or Aleve)

Medical Treatment

  • Ice the affected area 20 minutes at a time every several hours for at least the first 24-48 hours. Wrap ice in a towel to protect your skin. Your doctor may recommend longer use of ice or a stretching regimen.

  • Elevate and immobilize the affected extremity.

  • Use slings and splints to keep the injured area of shoulders and arms from moving. For other parts of the body, use compression with Ace bandages to reduce swelling. Crutches may be helpful.

  • Begin an exercise program to build muscle strength and range of motion with a physical therapist after the acute phase.

  • Investigational treatments for tendinitis or tendinopathy include prolotherapy, sclerotherapy, acupuncture, and autologous blood injection.


  • The doctor may recommend pain control with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs you can buy over the counter, such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil).

  • If pain is severe, the doctor may give you an injection with steroids. This may help by decreasing pain and inflammation but should not be done more than a few times because steroids weaken the tendon, leaving it vulnerable to rupture (see ruptured tendon).

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