Relief for Tendonitis

Updated on March 13, 2009
T.M. asks from Hawthorne, CA
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I'm wondering if any of you have personal experience with trying a "natural" product to relieve tendonitis. I have recurrent bouts with tendonitis in my wrists and am wanting to try something other than Ibuprofen. I ice them, which helps, but have seen advertisements for natural supplements. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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E.P.

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Hi T.. My husband is a chiropractor and he would tell you to take tons of Glucosamine Chondroitin, with Manganese. You can get this at Traker Joe's or Whole Foods. You'd want to take this 3 times a day until the pain subsides and then you'd want to take them once a day for general health maintenance, just like you would a vitamin.

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S.H.

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I don't know how severe your condition is or what area of your body is affected (oh sorry, your wrists)... but "Arnica Gel" is great for aches and bruises.
Golfers and athletes and elderly even use it, for their aches.
You can find it at GNC or any other natural food store type place. Or maybe even Whole Foods.

I always keep it on hand, and use it on the kids or ourselves when we have owies or aches.

The Arnica type product is in a gel form, which you rub on. I don't know if it comes in other forms as well. But you can check on that.

Or, just go to a natural food store and ask the store person for advice.

And also as you probably know, resting the affected area is always the best. Overuse of an area, like say the wrist, through repetitive movements, can worsen it. For example, when my kids were babies, I got bad wrist pain from the repetitive lifting and carrying them. It was like carpel tunnel syndrome. I basically used a wrist brace, and TRIED to lessen the strain I put on my wrists. Although it's nearly impossible when you have kids.

Also, you could try acupuncture as well.

All the best,
Susan

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J.M.

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Ho T.:
My husband has always had a bad back,and tendonitis in his arms. While going through some therapy,the therapist gave him something called BioFreeze. with Ilex. He's tried just about everything on the market,and nothing works quite like this.You can't purchase it at the store.You would need to have a Doctor prescribe it for you.Its worth it though.Hope your feelin better soon. J. M

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K.A.

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Hi T.-
I get tendonitis in my knees and acupuncture works best for me. I have not had it in my wrists but have carpal tunnel that it also fixed. There is a good person I found in Santa Clarita named Chien Lin- he is on tournament road- ###-###-####. If you haven't had it, it does NOT hurt. You may be nervous the first time but it is incredible.

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D.M.

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Hi T.,
I wear a wrist brace at night and it sorta helps during the day. I will be lookinf forward to all of your responces.

D.

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A.W.

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Try to find a massage therapist in your area, specifically for trigger point therapy. I had a combo of carpal tunnel and tendonitis, my orthopedist had me wearing a large brace on my wrist. I was in pain everyday, even considering surgery, which would have caused me to quit the massage school I was attending. My instructor did a few rounds of trigger point therapy, that was almost two years ago, and I haven't had to wear my brace since!
The therapy itself ranges from uncomfortable to painful, but it is worth it for feeling so much better after. It was a much better alternative to an operation or even accupuncture.
Good luck, hope you feel better soon!

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K.H.

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Do yourself a huge favor, and watch these short videos on my website. YOu can be out of pain in 60 seconds with these homeopathic pain patches. They help your body to heal itself . Please go to Lifewave.com/kherihealth They work or your $ back.

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A.C.

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Acupuncture can definitely help. Arnica is also good. I would recommend that you check out magnets. There is a great site called www.biomagscience.net Check out the testimonials for information. The people who run the site are very helpful. I've used magnets for years for many things and they do work. These are definitely the best I've found and they are not all created equal. I also make sure that I ask my chiropractor to adjust my wrists and elbows.

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J.L.

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try physical therapy

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T.

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T.,

I've had tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome in my hands/wrist for close to 20 years now. The only thing that really gives me relief is to avoid things that inflames it. Since I work full time, that isn't always an option. But I do try to mix it up, I type some then do something else, and then something else. When I'm doing something repetitive, I try to break it up with other stuff. I also try to pace myself. I'm capable to typing close to 100 words per minute but my wrists are happier if I don't. I don't know what you are doing that is giving you tendonitis but if you can find some ergonomic equipment that can be helpful. An ergonomic keyboard, a wrist rest, etc... is helpful for me. The only time I feel really good is when I've been off work for a week or more. Iburprophen works pretty well. Wearing a wrist support at night can help (but can be kind of irritating especially if you hit yourself with it in your sleep.) In my experience, glucosamin and omega-3 oils do help somewhat. But unless you stop doing whatever you are doing to aggravate the tendons, it will be more "maintenance" than "cure."

Good luck. I hope you find some relief!

T.

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A.C.

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I use to volunteer at a therapist office and they often did paraffin wax dips on patients, you can get a treatment at some nail salons, they did it in the wax wrap it up in a cover to keep the heat in and after some time take it off your wrist feels better and your skin is soft ( a little bonus) the only other things they did was cold treatments and stretches the help loosen the tendons

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L.N.

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Regular acupuncture treatments. Ibuprofen will damage your Kidneys.
L.

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C.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

Firstly, you should see a natural practicioner (chiropractor, acupuncturist) in your area to make sure it is tendonitis. Good natural anti-inflammatories are ice (keep on doing this) and fresh pineapple. But really you should try to figure out what is causing the problem, fix that so that you no longer have these bouts. Usually, tendonitis is caused by overuse of a muscle causing it to tigthen and irriate the tendon. I am a chiropractor/acupuncturist/herbalist and deal with this problem daily. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Good luck and I hope you feel better.

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C.A.

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I went to a physical therapist for tendinitis in my elbow. ICE ICE ICE and then the proper stretching exercises. You need to see a doctor and get a proper diagnosis. I was misdiagonosed as having carpal tunnel in my right wrist and it was just plain old arthritis. My elbow was tendinitis with a pinched nerve. The proper exercises and ICE ICE ICE and an elbow brace for exercise have helped tremendously. The only way to defeat tendonitis is not to do the repetitive movements that aggravate the tendons. You must learn the proper way to move, exercise from your PHYSICAL THERAPIST! Don't self diagnosis. Go see a doctor first before you try any over the counter stuff. If you are taking ANY prescription medication, consult a doctor before taking any "natural supplements" because there have been "natural supplements" out there that can do terrible things when used at the same time as prescription and over the counter medications. FYI.

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M.K.

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I don't know if this will work for you, but you could try: I too had wrist pain (tendonitis? carpal tunnel?) and when i started doing wrist curls with weights it went away. I think it must have something to do with stretching out those muscles and ligaments during the process and strengthening the muscles with the weights. I have come across a few other people with wrist pain - some wearing wrist braces, etc - and shared my success. They all tried it and it worked! Good luck!

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P.D.

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Hi T.! The specialist I saw just gave me a wrist brace for my tendonitis and I was told to take OTC medication to ease the pain. I guess mine wasn't so bad. I don't know how severe yours is but in my experience, heat is the one that helped. I wear the craft glove for knitting. You can google "therapeutic glove" to find out more. Hope this helps :)

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T.A.

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I have been using Replenex by Melaleuca for some time and feel that it does offer relief. Melaleuca is a wellness company that has many, many consumable products that are well researched and combine the best of science and nature. They receive incredible reviews from their customers. If you would like to know more, feel free to email me at [email protected]____.com. I hope that you too can experience some relief very soon.

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N.W.

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Good Morning T.,

Sometimes we have physical problems because something else is happening in our bodies. At 37 years old, I started having beginning arthritus in my fingers. That same year I began seen an NAET allergist to eliminate my allergies. After the first 10 treatments to eliminate my allergies, my fingers healed. No more arthritus! Many of the problems that we have are because of 1. Allergies or 2. Deficiencies.

2 books for research and knowledge:

1. Say Goodbye to Illness by Dr. Devi Nambudripad
2. Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Balch.

You may want to log onto site NAET.com and locate a NAET allergist in your area for food allergy testing. Knowledge will give you power! There is a nominal fee for the allergy testing or it is free, depending on the allergist.

If you have any question, I can answer [email protected]____.com well.

N.

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