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Repetitive Motion Injuries (cont.)

Exams and Tests for Repetitive Motion Injuries

Tendinitis

The diagnosis of tendinitis is most often made based on history and a physical examination.

Imaging studies may help confirm the diagnosis. The imaging study of choice is the MRI. An MRI gives a very detailed picture and can identify a tear, rupture, inflammation, or other disease processes. An MRI is not useful in visualizing inflammation of the tendon sheath, tenosynovitis, unless fluid is present within the sheath itself.

Bursitis

Your doctor will check if your bursitis has an inflammatory or an infectious cause. The elbow and knee have a higher risk of having an infectious cause, so fluid will probably be drained from your joint to be checked for bacterial infection.

Conditions that put you at a higher risk for infectious bursitis include the following:

Self-Care at Home for Repetitive Motion Injuries

  • Home care for a painful or swollen joint should include elevation and not moving it until your doctor can be contacted.
  • Ice can also be used for relief of pain and swelling.
    • Most authorities recommend icing two to three times a day for 20-30 minutes each time.
    • Wrap ice or a bag of frozen vegetables in a towel and place it on the area.
  • If your shoulder is involved, you should not keep it immobile for more than 24-48 hours because your shoulder may become frozen and have decreased range of motion.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/22/2016
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