Tendinitis Self-Care Information
Tendinitis can be a very excruciating or painful occurrence, especially if you’ve never experienced it before. It occurs when your tendons, whether in your ankle, knee, elbow, etc., become overworked and stressed. If you think you have a severe case of tendinitis or you might have a more severe problem, consult a medical professional immediately. Most cases, however, can be treated at home.
When treating tendinitis at home, remember the PRICE acronym. It stands for the activities you should be participating in: protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Doing these will make your recovery is as quick as possible and it will help prevent further problems.
While rest is recommended for treating tendinitis or any illness, having prolonged periods of inactivity can be detrimental to healing. Sitting still for too long can cause stiffness in your joints – as such, after a few days of rest begin moving it and using it as usual.
Medications that are anti-inflammatory
There are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) that you can take to help try and reduce the discomfort that comes with tendinitis. This includes aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc) and products containing acetaminophen, such as Tylenol.
Be sure to talk to your doctor if you need to take NSAIDs for more than a week or so. Taking them for prolonged periods of time can cause many severe side effects.