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What do you suggest to do if one has tennis elbow or golfers elbow?
May 12, 2013

Dr. Rania Mousa General Medicine
Tennis elbow treatment is most often successful.
Your treatment choices will depend in part on whether elbow pain affects your job or daily life. It also depends on whether you are willing or able to change habits or activities that are causing your elbow pain.
Non-surgical treatment is usually started if the injury is:
A result of overuse.
A sudden (acute) injury that doesn't have large tears in the tendon or other severe damage in the elbow.
Most cases of tennis elbow respond to
1- rest,the most important part of treatment is tendon rest. A long rest from aggravating activity allows the small tears in the tendon to heal. Depending on how severe your condition is, you may need to rest your tendon for weeks to months. Surgery is a last resort if other treatment isn't helpful.
2- ice or cold packs for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, several times a day
3- pain medicine,you can also take NSAIDS such as advil
4-Stopping or changing activities that may irritate the tendon,wrist and elbow splints can be used in the treatment of tennis elbow
5- rehabilation exercises,this can include exercise and other physical therapy treatments to decrease pain and increase range-of motion
6-Wearing a special counterforce brace. This strap, worn around your forearm just below the elbow, may spread pressure throughout the arm instead of putting it all on the tendon
Surgery is considered as a last resort when all other nonsurgical treatments have failed.if:
The injury is from a sudden (acute) injury that left large tears in the tendon or other severe damage in the elbow.
The injury is from chronic overuse and more than 6 to 12 months of tendon rest and rehab haven't relieved elbow pain.(If the tendon is very weak, surgery may not improve your situation much.)
Pain continues despite other treatment.
You have had a corticosteroid shot and it hasn't helped.
In as many as 9 out of 10 people who have tennis elbow, symptoms go away and the people can return to their normal activities