Diagnosis of tendonitis is based on the identification of symptoms and examination of affected area. Physician may also occasionally request for radiologic studies (X-ray, ultrasound, MRI) to confirm diagnosis.
Tendonitis may resolve within weeks but in persistent cases, symptoms may last for several months. Depending on the severity of the injury, consult physician for the proper management plan.
Methods of treatment may include the following:
- Ice packs (directed to the affected area for 15-20 minutes several times a day)
- Analgesics (ie. Paracetamol, iburpofen)
- Corticosteroid injections (for relief of pain and/or swelling)
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)
- Surgery (last resort)