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Treatments for Shoulder tendinitis

Alternative Treatments for Shoulder tendinitis

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Shoulder tendinitis may include:

  • Ice compress and massage
  • Jin Shin Do shoulder and neck release (acupressure)
  • Rest
  • Heat after initial ice treatment
  • Boswellia-by mouth
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Discussion of treatments for Shoulder tendinitis:

The first step in treating these conditions is to reduce pain and inflammation with rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medicines such as aspirin, naproxen (Naprosyn*), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, or Nuprin), or cox-2 inhibitors (Celebrex, Vioxx, or Nobic). In some cases the doctor or therapist will use ultrasound (gentle sound-wave vibrations) to warm deep tissues and improve blood flow. Gentle stretching and strengthening exercises are added gradually. These may be preceded or followed by use of an ice pack. If there is no improvement, the doctor may inject a corticosteroid medicine into the space under the acromion. While steroid injections are a common treatment, they must be used with caution because they may lead to tendon rupture. If there is still no improvement after 6 to 12 months, the doctor may perform either arthroscopic or open surgery to repair damage and relieve pressure on the tendons and bursae. (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers about Shoulder Problems: NIAMS)

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