Your doctor will conduct a physical examination and ask about your daily activities. An X-ray may also be recommended to confirm the diagnosis and exclude other associated injuries.
Treatment may begin with home-based therapy and medication to relieve the symptoms. This includes:
As the pain subsides, you may gradually resume normal activity and perform simple exercises to help strengthen the arm.
If you have persistent pain that does not respond well to home-based therapy, your doctor may recommend corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation.
Another form of treatment is plasma-rich protein injections, which are used to boost the healing process.
Most people recover without the need for surgery. However, in rare cases, surgery may be advised.
The procedure may involve the removal of damaged tissue, build-up of scar tissue, or extra bone which may be pressing on the tendon.
Depending on the type of treatment and need for surgery, recovery time ranges from 4 weeks – 6 months or more for severe cases.