Tendinitis

Tendinitis is redness, soreness, and puffiness (inflammation) of the tendons. Tendons are band-like tissues that connect muscle to bone. Tendinitis often happens in the shoulders, heels, or elbows. It might happen if your job involves doing the same motions over and over.

HOME CARE

  • Use a sling or splint as told by your doctor.

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day.

  • Avoid using your injured arm or leg until the pain goes away.

  • Do gentle exercises only as told by your doctor. Stop exercises if the pain gets worse, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your pain and puffiness get worse.

  • You have new problems, such as loss of feeling (numbness) in the hands.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.