Knee Tendinitis Treatment
The treatment for knee tendinitis usually includes rest, cold compresses, elevation, an elastic wrap, physical therapy and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Additional treatment may include oral corticosteroids, or corticosteroid injections.
Treatment options for knee tendinitis include:
- Cold compresses
- Apply for 20 minutes at a time, 2 to 3 times per day
- Apply an elastic wrap to knee.
- Re-wrap the joint every 6 hours.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Celecoxib (Celebrex)
- Knee splint
- Knee stretching exercises
- Physical therapy for knee tendinitis
Knee Tendinitis Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for knee tendinitis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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