Typically, the initial treatment for a tendon injury consists of pain relievers, plenty of rest and applying ice to the site of the injury. Medication prescribed by the doctor may reduce the pain. Your doctor may also suggest range-of-motion exercises to do daily in order to restore full strength, range and motion in your joint and to prevent stiffness.
The aim of this primary treatment is to:
If the pain, stiffness and swelling still persist after the initial treatment, your doctor may suggest physical therapy and long-term changes in the types or manner of activities you engage in that may aggravate an injury. On-going treatment aims to reduce long-term pain, degeneration or tearing in the tendon and to encourage restoration of the injured tendon.
Surgery is the last treatment option to be considered if the problem persists after other options have been exhausted. The surgical option may be viable for those that have extensive injuries and are experiencing great pain and difficulty that cannot be alleviated through the other treatment options. The aim of a surgical repair is to bring back normal movement and range to your joint.