Repetitive Motion Injuries
Next Steps Prevention
The prevention of tendinitis and bursitis is similar in most respects.
- Do adequate warm-up and cool-down maneuvers (crucial to proper tendon and bursae health).
- Avoid activity that makes your injury flare up. This will speed healing of both tendinitis and bursitis.
- If using a hedge clipper caused you pain, avoid this activity and others like it.
- If reaching overhead in your work has caused a repetitive motion injury, your occupational health manager may be able to redesign your job so you won't have to reach overhead.
- Practice range-of-motion exercises, especially in tendinitis. These are important to ensure minimal decrease in function.
- Use splints or bands to decrease the strain on a tendon that occurs with sporting activities, such as tennis and golf. These devices may be bought over-the-counter or obtained from your doctor.
- Tendinitis has an excellent prognosis with proper care.
- A great majority of bursitis cases heal well.
- Repetitive bouts of bursitis may lead to long-term bursitis, which in turn may create a need for the fluid to be removed repeatedly.
- In cases in which treatment is not working, surgical removal of bursae may be necessary.
Synonyms and Keywords
overuse syndrome, cumulative trauma disorder, repetitive stress injury, repetition strain injury, tendonitis/tendinitis, tenosynovitis, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, gout, rotator cuff, repetitive motion injuries