Repetitive Motion Injuries (cont.)
Repetitive Motion Injury 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.
Outlook for Repetitive Motion Injuries
- Tendinitis has an excellent prognosis with proper care.
- A great majority of bursitis cases heal well.
- When treatment is not working, surgical removal of bursae may be necessary.
Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Klippel, J.H., et al. Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases. New York: Springer, 2008.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/22/2016
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