Tennis Elbow (cont.)

How is pain and inflammation reduced in tennis elbow?

To reduce the pan and inflammation of tennis elbow, try:

  • Rest and avoid any activity that causes pain to the sore elbow.
  • Apply ice to the affected area.
  • Take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen.
  • Cortisone-type medication may be put on topically by you or injected into the sore area by your doctor.

How can I promote healing of my tennis elbow?

This step begins a couple of weeks after the pain of tennis elbow has been reduced or eliminated. It involves specific physical-therapy exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles and tendons around the injured elbow. Any activity that aggravates the pain must be avoided.

How do I decrease stress and abuse on tennis elbow?

To help lessen the continued stress and abuse on tennis elbow:

  • Use the proper equipment and technique in sports and on the job.
  • Use of a counter-force brace, an elastic band that wraps around the forearm just below the injured elbow (tendon) may help to relieve pain in some people.
  • Avoid tight gripping, overuse of the wrist.
  • Pay attention to the movements that cause pain.

What is the outlook for people with tennis elbow?

Overall, 90% to 95% of people with tennis elbow will improve and recover with the treatment plan described. However, about 5% of people will not get better with conservative treatment and will need surgery to repair the injured muscle-tendon unit around the elbow. For 80% to 90% of people who have surgery, it results in pain relief and return of strength.

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

WebMD Health News: "Study Questions Support Bands for Tennis Elbow."

Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on June 01, 2012

Last Editorial Review: 6/1/2012

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