Tennis Elbow (cont.)

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What is the treatment for tennis elbow?

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The most important part of treatment is resting the elbow by avoiding repetitive movements that aggravate the tendon strain. Certain elbow braces are commonly used during activities. A tennis elbow strap is a band that wraps around the forearm just below the elbow and is used for the healing stages during activities and as a prevention technique after healing. A wrist brace that prevents wrist extension can be helpful in resting the elbow, as the tendons that extend the wrist are those injured in tennis elbow.

Prescription or over-the-counter NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are commonly prescribed. These should be taken with food to minimize stomach irritation. Physical therapy is a standard part of treatment for tennis elbow. Improper tennis-stroke mechanics often contribute to injury in tennis players, and correcting the improper technique is critical to being able to return to the sport. Local steroid injections may be used for pain control, but they do not heal the injury, and symptoms generally recur if other interventions are not used. Surgery is not usually necessary but can be performed in severe situations if other treatments, including physical therapy, are ineffective.

Are there any home remedies for tennis elbow?

Home remedies for tennis elbow include resting the elbow by avoiding movements that aggravate the pain. Elbow braces (tennis elbow bands) may be helpful to reduce the stress on the elbow. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) help decrease inflammation in the tendons and decrease pain. Applying ice packs regularly, such as 20 minutes two or three times daily, also reduces inflammation and pain.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/24/2013

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