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How can someone prevent and treat tendon damage from diabetes?

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The best way to prevent it is to get your diabetes under control with diet, exercise, medicine, and managing your weight. If you already have tendon damage, your doctor may recommend:

A steroid shot may help, but it can cause a short-term spike in your blood sugar so it may not be right for you.

  • Pain relievers such as aspirin or ibuprofen
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Physical therapy and exercise
  • Heat or ice
  • A splint to keep your joint steady while your tendons heal

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Blood glucose control and exercise," "Tight Diabetes Control."

American Journal of Sports Medicine : "The influence of diabetes mellitus on clinical and structural outcomes after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair."

British Journal of Sports Medicine: "Is there an association between tendinopathy and diabetes mellitus? A systematic review with meta-analysis."

Diabetic Medicine : "Alterations of tendons in patients with diabetes mellitus: A systematic review."

Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Trust: "Joint, Muscle and Bone Problems Associated with Diabetes."

Mayo Clinic: "Diabetes: Complications," "Frozen Shoulder."

Reeves, Christopher L. Tendon Repairs and Transfers for the Foot and Ankle.

Rheumatology : "Occurrence of tendon pathologies in metabolic disorders."

Spine: "Effects of epidural steroid injections on blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes mellitus."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 18, 2019

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Blood glucose control and exercise," "Tight Diabetes Control."

American Journal of Sports Medicine : "The influence of diabetes mellitus on clinical and structural outcomes after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair."

British Journal of Sports Medicine: "Is there an association between tendinopathy and diabetes mellitus? A systematic review with meta-analysis."

Diabetic Medicine : "Alterations of tendons in patients with diabetes mellitus: A systematic review."

Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Trust: "Joint, Muscle and Bone Problems Associated with Diabetes."

Mayo Clinic: "Diabetes: Complications," "Frozen Shoulder."

Reeves, Christopher L. Tendon Repairs and Transfers for the Foot and Ankle.

Rheumatology : "Occurrence of tendon pathologies in metabolic disorders."

Spine: "Effects of epidural steroid injections on blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes mellitus."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 18, 2019

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