Tendinitis can put any individual out of any activity for some time whether sports or any recreational activity. This condition is known to occur once the tendons which connect the muscles to the bones are irritated either due to overuse or injury. In most cases, immediate home care can reduce the symptoms of tendinitis and promote faster recovery so that the individual can resume his/her activities.
Taking a break
If the individual continues to engage in the activity that aggravates the damaged tendons, the pain will only get worse and unbearable for the individual. It is recommended to take some time off from sports or activities that require the use of the affected area.
If the shoulder is affected by tendinitis, swimming should be replaced with walking. In case the pain is in the lower body, it is recommended to avoid engaging in high-impact activities such as jumping or running. Taking a break from the activity will allow the swelling to subside which will minimize some of the pain triggered by tendinitis.
Application of ice
You can utilize an ice compress that not only dulls the pain due to tendinitis, but also reduces some of the swelling within the involved tendon. The best way to achieve the best results is to apply the ice pack on the initial day the symptoms of tendinitis manifest.
Make sure that the ice pack is secured on the affected area for 10-15 minutes. The application should be done 1-2 times in a day until the pain subsides.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or aspirin can help reduce the symptoms of tendinitis. These medications also minimize the swelling in the affected tendons. Even though taking medications can help provide relief, it is not recommended to resume any activities that triggered the tendinitis until the individual is free from pain without having to take them.
In case the medications leads to stomach upset, it is best to use the topical NSAIDs for better relief for tendinitis. In addition, acetaminophen can help ease the pain, but could not effectively reduce the swelling.
When to consult a doctor
In case the symptoms of tendinitis persist for a week, a doctor should be consulted. Depending on the location of the condition and severity, the doctor will provide the suitable options so that the individual will move on with his/her activities. In most cases, a corticosteroid injection is used and rapidly works by reducing the swelling and provides pain relief if the individual could not take NSAIDs. For those who have recurrent tendinitis or a severe case that persists, physical therapy might be required in order to retrain, stretch out and strengthen the muscles to prevent future problems from developing. In extreme cases, surgical intervention might be required.