Tendinitis Health (cont.)

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Other Therapy

  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy has been shown to have good results in calcific tendinitis or other forms of tendinitis. Currently, it is still being studied.


  • Ultrasound therapy is used in some cases, but its effect has not been proven. Its greatest usefulness may be in calcific tendinitis.


  • Rarely, surgery may be necessary for tendinitis that is severe or does not respond to other treatments.

Follow-up

Your doctor may give you follow-up instructions with other specialists and physical therapists.

Prevention

  • Use proper technique during sports or occupational activities.


  • Warm up and decrease overuse and repetitive motion of associated muscles.


  • Stop physical or occupational activity if there is any sign of pain.

Prognosis

  • With treatment and if you follow your doctor's instructions, pain and swelling should go away after a few days without further problems.


  • Recurrences can occur if there is continued overuse, but use of splints, proper technique during exercise, and muscle strengthening exercises can usually help.


  • Rarely, surgery may be needed if there is chronic inflammation causing other complications.

Authors and Editors

Author: Catherine B. Driver, MD

Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

Previous contributing authors and editors:

Author: Alvaro Zeballos, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Wake Med Hospital.

Coauthor(s): Mike Manka, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Erie County Medical Center, State University of New York at Buffalo.

Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; James Ungar, MD, Medical Director, Chair Department of Emergency Medicine Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

REFERENCE:

Harris, E.D., R.C. Budd, G.S. Firestein, M.C. Genovese, J.S. Sergent, S. Ruddy, and C.B. Sledge. Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology. 7th Edition. Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders, 2005.


Last Editorial Review: 5/25/2010


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