Your sports medicine physician will carefully evaluate your symptoms and recommend an appropriate treatment plan. This may include the use of braces or splints, injections, physical therapy or medications.
Medications are prescribed only as necessary. For most patients with tendonitis or arthritis, anti-inflammatory medications or steroids are typically prescribed for pain relief.
Mild pain that occurs with activity can generally be controlled with self-help measures. Rest, topical ointments and the use of over-the-counter medications – such as aspirin and ibuprofen – are usually effective in treating mild cases. When pain becomes more severe or persistent, it may be necessary to see your doctor. You should seek medical attention when the pain and swelling: