Tennis Elbow (cont.)
In this Article
- What are the symptoms of tennis elbow?
- Who gets tennis elbow?
- How is tennis elbow diagnosed?
- How is pain and inflammation reduced?
- How can I promote healing of my injury?
- How do I decrease stress and abuse on the injury?
- What is the outlook for people with tennis elbow?
- Find a local Doctor in your town
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.
WebMD Medical Reference
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
WebMD Health News: "Study Questions Support Bands for Tennis Elbow."
Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on June 01, 2012
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