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Elbow FAQ

Question:

How is tennis elbow treated?

Answer:

Treatment of tennis elbow depends on how severe it is and what has already been tried. The doctor may decide to injects a corticosteroid (medication) directly into the area. Some people do well with medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Over-the-counter NSAIDs include ibuprofen and aspirin. Physical therapy is often recommended that the physiotherapist may want the person to wear a splint, minimizing the movement of the forearm. If someone seems prone to tennis elbow, wearing a splint while doing activities that could aggravate tennis elbow may be a good idea.

In conservative treatment doesn't work, surgery may be needed. Omid Alizadehkhaiyat MD, PhD, et al. Pain, Functional Disability, and Psychologic Status in Tennis Elbow. In Clinical Journal of Pain. July/August 2007. Vol. 23. No. 6. Pp. 482-489.

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