Severe tendonitis is a common affliction that can affect your knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, ankles or wrists. Typically categorized by pain during and after activity, tendonitis is the tearing of tendons where they attach to the bone, commonly aggravated by repetitive motion. There are several ways to treat tendonitis at home, and treating the condition quickly can help ensure that the affliction won’t become severe.
1. Stop the activity that caused the tendonitis. Resting the affected area improves your chances of full recovery and allows the torn tendon fibers to repair.
2. Rest the affected area. ITendonitis.com recommends three weeks of inactivity. For more severe cases, rest for six weeks to allow for maximum healing. According to tendonitis.net, the tendons continue to heal for weeks after the pain has subsided.
3. Brace the affected area by using a sling, brace or orthotic device to limit tendon movement. Consult your physician or orthopedist on which option is best.
4. Take an anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen sodium (Aleve), to help alleviate pain and increase blood flow to the area. You may also find topical anti-inflammatories helpful.
5. Move the affected area, stretching and lengthening the tissue. If the pain is too severe, stop the movement and continue resting. ITendonitis.com suggests another three weeks of rest if tendonitis pain persists.