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Best Remedies for Tendonitis?
How do you treat tendonitis?
Answer (Published 10/24/2002)
Updated on 6/22/2005
Tendonitis is inflammation of a tendon, the fibrous structure that connects muscle to bone. Usually, tendonitis stems from injury or overuse, and it most commonly occurs in the shoulder, wrist, heel (Achilles tendon) and elbow. The principal symptoms are pain and tenderness that are aggravated by movement of the affected area.
Rest can speed recovery, and you can relieve the pain and reduce the inflammation somewhat by applying heat or cold to the affected area. The conventional treatment for this condition is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and, if necessary, steroid injections into the tendon sheath. NSAIDS can be hard on your stomach, and I would avoid steroid shots if possible.
Instead, here are some alternatives that can help:
To prevent further bouts of tendonitis be sure to avoid whatever movement or stress may have caused the problem. If the problem results from exercise, I recommend consulting a physical therapist to learn how to strengthen the affected muscle and the area around it.
Andrew Weil, M.D.
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