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Tendonitis therapy

Rusty Ford

The goals of Tendonitis treatment are to relieve your pain and reduce inflammation. Often, simple home treatment — which includes rest, ice and over-the-counter pain relievers — is all that's needed

Therapy you can do for your self to treat Tendonitis

  • Protection. Immobilize the affected area to encourage healing and to protect it from further injury. You may need to use elastic wraps, slings, splints, crutches or canes.
  • Rest. Avoid activities that increase the pain or swelling. Rest is essential to tissue healing. But it doesn't mean complete bed rest. You can do other activities and exercises that do not stress the injured tendon. Swimming and water exercise may be well tolerated.
  • Ice. To decrease pain, muscle spasm and swelling, apply ice to the injured area. Ice packs, ice massage or slush baths all can help.
  • Compression. Because swelling can result in loss of motion in an injured joint, compress the area until the swelling has ceased. Wraps or compressive (Ace) elastic bandages are best.
  • Elevation. To reduce swelling, raise the affected leg above the level of your heart. It's especially important to use this position at night.

Other Tendonitis therapy

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • physical therapy
  • surgery

updated 6-16-04


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