Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tendon Therapy

From Jane Brody of the New York Times is an article about treating tendon pain that indicates just rest alone is not the best treatment.

“Two time-honored remedies for injured tendons seem to be falling on their faces in well-designed clinical trials.

The first, corticosteroid injections into the injured tendon, has been shown to provide only short-term relief, sometimes with poorer long-term results than doing nothing at all.

The second, resting the injured joint, is supposed to prevent matters from getting worse. But it may also fail to make them any better.

Rather, working the joint in a way that doesn’t aggravate the injury but strengthens supporting tissues and stimulates blood flow to the painful area may promote healing faster than ‘a tincture of time’.”

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