Tennis Elbow (cont.)

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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.

What exercises are recommended for tennis elbow?

Ideally, exercises and stretches for tennis elbow are taught by an experienced physical therapist as part of a rehabilitation program. After teaching proper techniques, exercises may be continued at home.

What activities should be avoided with tennis elbow?

Activities that cause pain at the elbow should be avoided with tennis elbow. Generally movements involving wrist extension (movement of the hand upward with the elbow extended and palm downward) use the forearm tendons that attach to the lateral epicondyle and aggravate the pain of tennis elbow. Repetitive activities that stress the elbow should certainly be avoided. Heavy lifting should be avoided. Many daily activities such as gardening and carrying grocery bags also aggravate the pain of tennis elbow. It can help to favor the unaffected upper extremity during these activities.

What is the prognosis of tennis elbow?

Left untreated, the symptoms of tennis elbow persist between six months and two years. Because improper tennis stroke mechanics contribute to tennis elbow, tennis elbow is likely to recur in a tennis player who does not correct improper technique.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/24/2013

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