Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Tendonitis Treatment

Treatment of tendinitis varies with the anatomic location of the inflamed tendon. General measures for tendinitis may include rest, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Some may benefit from the temporary application of a splint to protect the inflamed tendon. More severe cases may benefit from an injection of corticosteroid medication (and an anesthetic) around the tendon. Repeated corticosteroid injections can weaken and damage tendons.

After the pain has resolved, physical therapy that focuses on muscle strengthening and tendon stretching can help you to avoid future episodes of tendinitis.

Specific treatment for tendinitis may include:

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Last Updated: Jun 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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