Home Remedies for Tendonitis

Mild cases of tendonitis can be safely managed at home if properly done. Tendonitis is an inflammation of any of the tendons attaching your muscles to your bones. Common causes of the condition may include overuse and overstretching of the tendon causing little or large tears in the tendon fibers. Some healthcare practitioners may also call tendonitis as tendinitis.

Home Remedies for Tendonitis

Here are some home remedies that you can do for your tendonitis.
  • Rest. Immediately following your injury or occurrence of symptoms, you should stop your activity and avoid movements that worsen your symptoms. Attempting to work through your pain may lead to further injury.

    Once your symptoms subside, start using your injured limb as complete rest for a long time may lead to stiffness or delayed healing. Start making use of your injured limb in your daily home activities.

  • Ice. Apply an ice pack immediately following your injury for 20 minutes at a time. Continue to apply ice every 3 to 4 hours for the first couple of days or until your symptoms of pain and swelling subside. Remember to wrap the ice pack with towel before applying to your injury to avoid frostbite injury.

  • Compression. Apply a compression bandage to help minimize or prevent swelling. However, if you are unsure of how to properly apply a bandage, you may skip this home remedy as improperly applying a bandage can restrict blood flow to your tissues. You may want to ask your physiotherapist or doctor to teach you how to properly do compression bandaging.

  • Elevation. While resting, elevate your injured limb above the level of your heart to help minimize swelling.

If these non-medical home remedies for tendonitis do not work, you may take over the counter anti-inflammatory to help relieve your pain and swelling. Ask your healthcare provider if you are unsure of what proper medication you should use. If you have other health problems or you are taking another medication, you may want to consult your doctor first whether a pain drug does not interact with your current medications.

Get medical help

If your symptoms worsen or are unrelieved with home treatments, consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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