After an evaluation, in-depth discussion, and any necessary imaging, such as an MRI or X-rays, your provider recommends the best treatment for your tendon or ligament injury.
Your provider might suggest various treatments, such as:
- Physical therapy
- Medications and injections, such as steroids, anti-inflammatories, and pain relievers
- Platelet-rich plasma therapy
- Stem cell therapy
- Splint, brace, or cast to hold the tendon still while it heals
- Procedure to repair the tendon or ligament
Your provider can also guide you through healthy lifestyle changes, including nutrition, appropriate regular exercise, and stress management to decrease stress hormones and inflammation that might be exacerbating your condition.
To help treat your tendon or ligament injury at home, you can try resting the painful area, applying ice or cold packs, and doing gentle exercises and stretching to prevent stiffness.
It may take weeks or even months for your tendon or ligament injury to fully heal.