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such as those used for:
- Computer operation
- Assembly line work
- Cash register operation
- Sports that involve repetitive actions
- Playing musical instruments
- Joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
- Difficulty moving a joint
- Redness along the length of the tendon
- Activities may need to be restricted. Normal activities will be gradually reintroduced.
- Ice therapy may help decrease pain and swelling. If ice is not helpful, heat therapy may be advised.
- A brace or splint may be used to help rest the joint.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help reduce inflammation and pain
- Topical pain medications, such as creams and patches, that are applied to the skin
- Corticosteroid injections to reduce swelling
- Antibiotics to treat infection
- Adjust your workspace to minimize the strain on your joints.
- Alternate activities when possible.
- Take breaks throughout the day.
- Exercise regularly.
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OrthoInfo—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://orthoinfo.aaos.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Teresa Briedwell, PT, DPT
- Review Date: 03/2015 -
- Update Date: 02/28/2014 -