Tennis Elbow Treatment
The first thing to do when you have tennis elbow is to see your doctor. Your doctor will diagnose the cause of your pain and prescribe the best way to treat it.
They may recommend surgery or other treatments. There are different types of treatment options available for tennis elbow. Some include; rest, ice packs, anti-inflammatories (painkillers), physical therapy, cortisone injections, and even laser therapy.
When you have tennis elbow, it’s very likely that you’ve been playing too much. You’re probably overdoing it and not taking enough breaks.
Resting helps prevent injuries from occurring. If you don’t take time off, then your body doesn’t get the chance to recover properly after a hard match. A good rule of thumb is to rest for no longer than three days before a tournament or event where you play regularly. Take a break every two weeks if possible.
If you want to reduce inflammation, then ice packs are great. Ice packs slow down the healing process so that your muscles aren’t inflamed anymore.
They can also help relieve pain. An example of using ice is applying them to your elbows during a game or practice session. Another use would be to apply ice directly onto your skin in order to numb it temporarily. The numbness reduces pain, and as a result, allows you to move it freely again.
These are drugs like Aspirin and Ibuprofen that reduce pain and swelling. They slow down the healing process but can help relieve pain a lot.
If you take these drugs, remember to do so during breaks or after playing. Taking these drugs before playing can make you feel better, but they’ll have no effect on the injury.
This is a process where a physical therapist helps you work on flexibility and strengthening your forearms, wrists, hands, and fingers. They’ll teach you various stretching and strengthening exercises that can help prevent further injury.
These are steroid injections that help numb the pain and reduce inflammation. Your doctor may recommend this if other methods aren’t working.
This is also used as a last resort before surgery.
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