Tendinitis Health (cont.)

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  • 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.


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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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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