Take the Treatment Up a Notch
When ice, heat, rest and gentle movement fail to relieve pain and swelling, it may be time to pursue more aggressive forms of treatment. Your doctor may just give you an injection.
Corticosteroid drugs can be injected directly into the swollen area for immediate relief (sounds great, huh?), and you may only need a single injection to do the trick [source: Mayo Clinic]. In addition, your physician may prescribe physical therapy to strengthen the muscles surrounding the joint. Stronger muscles around the joint can work as shock absorbers and prevent the condition from reoccurring -- or at least from reoccurring frequently.