Self Care For Tendonitis

You can treat most tendonitis at home by following these simple guidelines. You should remember to protect, rest, ice, compress and elevate. Following these steps can speed your healing and also help prevent further complications.

Protection is important so that the area can start the healing process with out further chance of injury. Elastic wraps, slings, splints, crutches and canes are used to protect affected areas from further injury.

Rest is vital to proper healing and avoiding activity will help to reduce the swelling and pain. If you do try to continue your activity level despite the injury, you will run the risk of increased pain and inflammation.

Ice packs are used on most injuries in order to decrease pain, and also to reduce muscle spasm and swelling. A cold pack can be applied for 15 to 20 minutes 3 to 4 times a day for 2 to 3 days or until the pain subsides. You can freeze a foam cup full of water and apply directly to the skin.

Compression reduces swelling. Wraps, and compressive elastic bandages such, as Ace wraps are best when it comes to compression.

Elevate the injured area especially knee injuries to reduce swelling. You should elevate the leg above the level of your heart.

You want to rest the affected area without prolonged inactivity because if you stay inactive for too long you will become stiff in your joints. A few days of rest is generally all you need, then you should be able to gently put the joint through a full range of motion in order to maintain joint flexibility.

Medications you can use at home:

There are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil Motrin), or pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) that you can use to reduce the discomforts of tendonitis. NSAIDs should not be used for more than 2 weeks without a doctor’s advice and knowledge. If you take NSAIDs for an extended period of time or take more than the recommended dosage they can cause stomach pain, bleeding and discomfort. If you have liver issues be sure to talk to your doctor before taking acetaminophen products. Be sure to read and follow all pain medication labels before using. If pain persists or gets worse be sure to notify your doctor.

One Responseto “Self Care For Tendonitis”

  1. Advil Pain Reliever says:

    These are all really great tips. However, sometimes you can do everything right to prevent but somehow you still feel pain. For most cases, when I have pain, I use Advil. I like Advil because I don’t have to pay a lot to get good treatment, and I love it!

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