Aug 1, 2019 Issue
Management of Chronic Tendon Injuries [Article]

Tendons have a complex biology that provides strength, flexibility, and elasticity but also predisposes them to injury. Conservative treatment consists of activity modification, relative rest, pain control, protection, and rehabilitative exercises. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids also have a role despite the lack of histologic evidence of inflammation.

Nov 15, 2018 Issue
Braces and Splints for Common Musculoskeletal Conditions [Article]

Find out how to choose the appropriate brace or splint for your patient’s condition, and to determine the correct size, fit, and duration of use. Selecting an inappropriate brace or splint may lead to delayed healing or further injury.

Jun 15, 2018 Issue
Treatments for de Quervain Tenosynovitis [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]

Corticosteroid injections are no better than thumb spica orthoses for decreasing pain in patients with de Quervain tenosynovitis. When combined with orthoses, corticosteroid injections and acupuncture are equally effective for improving function and decreasing pain.

Jun 1, 2015 Issue
Management of Acute Achilles Tendon Rupture [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]

There are no clear evidence-based criteria to decide which patients should undergo operative vs. nonoperative management of acute Achilles tendon rupture.

Apr 1, 2013 Issue
Management of Chronic Tendon Injuries [Article]

Chronic tendon injuries present unique management challenges. The assumption that these injuries result from ongoing inflammation has caused physicians to rely on treatments demonstrated to be ineffective in the long term. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should be limited in the treatment of ...

Nov 15, 2009 Issue
Tendinopathies of the Foot and Ankle [Article]

This article provides an overview of the various types of tendinopathies affecting the foot and ankle, and outlines diagnosis and treatment of specific injuries.

Sep 1, 2009 Issue
Corticosteroid Injections for Trigger Finger [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Based on limited evidence, corticosteroid injection combined with lidocaine (Xylocaine) was more effective than lidocaine alone for the treatment of trigger finger in adults. Compared with those who received lidocaine alone, 38 percent more of the patients who received corticosteroid injection with ...

Sep 1, 2009 Issue
Diagnosis and Treatment of Biceps Tendinitis and Tendinosis [Article]

Biceps tendinitis is inflammation of the tendon around the long head of the biceps muscle. Biceps tendinosis is caused by degeneration of the tendon from athletics requiring overhead motion or from the normal aging process. Inflammation of the biceps tendon in the bicipital groove, which is known as...

Mar 1, 2006 Issue
Acute Finger Injuries: Part I. Tendons and Ligaments [Article]

Improper diagnosis and treatment of finger injuries can cause deformity and dysfunction over time. A basic understanding of the complex anatomy of the finger and of common tendon and ligament injury mechanisms can help physicians properly diagnose and treat finger injuries. Evaluation includes a gen...

Sep 1, 2005 Issue
Common Overuse Tendon Problems: A Review and Recommendations for Treatment [Article]

There is a common misconception that symptomatic tendon injuries are inflammatory; because of this, these injuries often are mislabeled as tendonitis. Acute inflammatory tendinopathies exist, but most patients seen in primary care will have chronic symptoms suggesting a degenerative condition that s...

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