Tendonitis is an inflammation that affects the tissue that attaches muscle to bone. Tendonitis typically is diagnosed during a physical exam. In some cases, we will order x rays to support the results of the physical exam. Tendonitis is often very painful; however, there are a wealth of ways to treat this inflammation. When discussing tendonitis treatment, there are two main types: at-home treatments and treatments that are performed under medical care. There are pros and cons to both of these treatment types and for many people, they see positive results when they employ a combination of both. With that being said, it is important to seek professional tendonitis treatment for a number of reasons.
A Note About At-Home Treatments
One of the most common home remedies for tendonitis is the method known as R.I.C.E, and this method can be used for many minor sports-related injuries as well as muscle and tissue injuries. The acronym R.I.C.E stands for Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate:
Rest: It is imperative to allow the tendon, muscle, and tissue affected to heal without continued overuse. One of the most important things to do is to take a break from any activity that requires the use of the affected area.
Ice: Applying ice to the inflamed area helps to decrease pain and prevents swelling.
Compress: Wrapping the inflamed area also helps to prevent swelling.
Elevation: Another method to alleviate swelling is to raise the inflamed area above the level of the heart. While this is most commonly done with knee, leg, and ankle tendonitis and injuries, elevating any affected areas on pillows while resting can reduce swelling.
The Many Benefits of Professional Tendonitis Treatment
Although home remedies may be all that is necessary for certain people, it is undoubtedly best to seek out professional tendonitis treatment. That way, there is no guesswork and misdiagnosing. Get in touch with us at Phoenix Regenerative Medicine to learn all about our treatment options for tendonitis. Contact us today to book an appointment at our office in Phoenix.