How is tendinitis treated?

First-line treatment includes:

If the condition does not improve in a week, see your doctor. You may need more advanced treatments, including:

  • Corticosteroid injections: Corticosteroids (often called “steroids”) are often used because they work quickly to decrease the inflammation and pain.
  • Physical therapy: This can be very beneficial, especially for a “frozen shoulder.” Physical therapy includes range of motion exercises and splinting (thumb, forearm, hands).
  • Surgery: This is rarely needed and only for severe problems that do not respond to other treatments.