Acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen help to relieve tendon pain and reduce inflammation in or around the injured tendon, states WebMD. NSAIDs are available in both oral and topical formulas.
Other treatments for tendinopathies include applying ice for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, twice an hour, for 72 hours following the injury or strain and avoiding activities that cause pain, according to WebMD. Range-of-motion exercises and exercises to strengthen surrounding muscles prevent stiffness in the affected joint and further injury to the tendon. If pain continues after initial treatment, a doctor may recommend physical therapy.