Tenosynovitis Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Tenosynovitis treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.


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How to Treat Tenosynovitis

Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. The goals of treatment for tenosynovitis are to reduce swelling and pain and to allow the tendon to move freely through the tendon sheath. Treatment options include the following:


Stopping movement in the joint, sometimes with the help of a brace or splint, is often the best treatment for tenosynovitis. Rest may be combined with stretching and strengthening exercises for the muscles attached to the tendon.


Several medications are used to treat tenosynovitis. These include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help reduce inflammation and pain:
    • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
    • Naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn)
  • Corticosteroids, given as an injection into the tenosynovium, a thin tissue that covers the tendons
  • Antibiotics, if your doctor finds that your tenosynovitis was caused by an infection

For severe cases of tenosynovitis, surgery may be used to release the tendon and allow it to move freely within its sheath.


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