Initial treatment for a tendon
injury (tendinopathy) typically includes rest and pain
Acetaminophen can reduce pain. Nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can reduce both the pain and
inflammation you might have from a tendon injury. The goals of this early
treatment are to:
Reduce pain and inflammation of the
Restore normal motion and strength.
If you are still having pain, stiffness, and weakness after
initial treatment, your doctor may recommend some type of
physical therapy. Also, you may need to make
long-term changes in the type of activities you do or how you do them to
prevent your tendinopathy from returning. The goals of ongoing treatment are
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degeneration or tearing of the tendon.
Encourage regeneration of
the damaged tendon.
Treatment for tendinopathies
Take the following steps to treat tendinopathies:
Rest the affected area,
and avoid any activity that may cause pain. Get enough sleep. To keep your
overall health and fitness, continue exercising but only in ways that do not
stress the affected area. Do not resume an aggravating activity as soon as the
pain stops. Tendons require weeks of additional rest to heal. You may need to
make long-term changes in the types of activities you do or how you do
Apply ice or
cold packs as soon as you notice pain and tenderness in your muscles or near
a joint. Apply ice 10 to 15 minutes at a time, as often as twice an hour, for
72 hours. Continue applying ice (15 to 20 minutes at a time, 3 times a day) as
long as it relieves pain. Although heating pads may feel good, ice will relieve
pain and inflammation.
Take pain relievers
if needed. Use
acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
(NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or naproxen, as
directed for pain relief. NSAIDs also reduce any inflammation
you might have in or around the tendon (tendinitis). NSAIDs come in pills and in a cream that you rub over the sore area. Do not rely on medicine to
relieve pain in order to continue overusing a joint.
Do range-of-motion exercises each day. Gently move your joint
through its full range of motion, even during the time that you are resting the
joint area. This will prevent stiffness in your joint. As the pain goes away,
range-of-motion exercises and add other exercises to
strengthen the muscles around your joint.
Gradually resume your activity at a lower intensity than you maintained before
your symptoms began. Warm up before and stretch after the activity. You can
also try making some changes. For example, if exercise has caused your
tendinopathy, try alternating with another activity. If using a tool is the
problem, try alternating hands or changing your grip. Increase your activity
slowly, and stop if it hurts. After the activity, apply ice to prevent pain and
Avoid tobacco smoke. Tendon injuries heal
more slowly in smokers than in nonsmokers. Smoking delays wound and tissue