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Repetitive Motion Injuries (cont.)

Prevention

The prevention of tendinitis and bursitis is similar in most respects.

  • Do adequate warm-up and cool-down maneuvers (crucial to proper tendon and bursae health).
  • Avoid activity that makes your injury flare up. This will speed healing of both tendinitis and bursitis.
    • If using a hedge clipper caused you pain, avoid this activity and others like it.
    • If reaching overhead in your work has caused a repetitive motion injury, your occupational health manager may be able to redesign your job so you won't have to reach overhead.
  • Practice range-of-motion exercises, especially in tendinitis. These are important to ensure minimal decrease in function.
  • Use splints or bands to decrease the strain on a tendon that occurs with sporting activities, such as tennis and golf. These devices may be bought over the counter or obtained from your doctor.
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