Tendon Injury (Tendinopathy) - Treatment Overview
If these steps do not help to relieve pain, other treatment
may be considered. Your doctor may:
- Use a
corticosteroid injection to relieve pain and swelling.
But corticosteroid treatments usually are not repeated because of the potential
for tendon damage.
- Prescribe a brace, splint, sling, or crutches
for a brief period to allow tendons to rest and heal.
- Recommend a
cast to rest and heal a badly damaged tendon. Casting or surgery is typically
used to treat a ruptured tendon.
Medical researchers continue to study new ways to treat
tendon injuries. In separate small clinical trials, nitric oxide and glyceryl
trinitrate, applied topically (to the skin), showed promise at relieving pain
caused by tendon injury.1, 2 In
another study, the pain caused by
calcific tendinitis (calcium built up in the tendons)
was relieved by directing ultrasonic, or shock, waves at the injured tendon
(shock wave therapy).3 For more information, see the topic Calcium Deposits and Tendinitis (Calcific Tendinitis).
arthroscopic surgery is sometimes used to treat
calcific tendinitis that has not responded to nonsurgical treatment and is