After the pain eases, your doctor or
physical therapist can teach you rehabilitation (rehab) exercises to
stretch and strengthen your tendon. Doing these exercises at home can help your
tendon heal and can prevent further injury.
When you feel better,
you can return to your activity, but take it easy for a while. Don't start at
the same level as before your injury. Build back to your previous level slowly,
and stop if it hurts. To avoid damaging your tendon again:
- Take lessons or ask a trainer or pro to
check the way you are doing your activity. If the way you use a tool is the
problem, try switching hands or changing your grip. Make sure you are using the
right equipment for your size and strength.
- Always take time to
warm up before and stretch after you exercise.
- After the activity,
apply ice to prevent pain and swelling.
Be patient, and stay with your treatment. You will
probably feel better in a few weeks, but it may take 6 to 12 months for the
tendon to heal. In some cases, the pain lasts for 2 years or longer.
If your symptoms don't improve after 6 to 8 weeks of home treatment, your
doctor may suggest a shot of
corticosteroid. This could give you some short-term
relief so you can start rehab exercises. Surgery is seldom needed for tennis