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Tennis Elbow

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How Is Pain and Inflammation Reduced in Tennis Elbow?

To reduce the pain and inflammation of tennis elbow, try:

How Can I Promote Healing of Tennis Elbow?

This step begins a couple of weeks after the pain of tennis elbow has been reduced or eliminated. It involves specific physical-therapy exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles and tendons around the injured elbow. Any activity that aggravates the pain must be avoided.

How Do I Decrease Stress and Abuse on Tennis Elbow?

To help lessen the continued stress and abuse on tennis elbow:

  • Use the proper equipment and technique in sports and on the job.
  • Use of a counter-force brace, an elastic band that wraps around the forearm just below the injured elbow (tendon) may help to relieve pain in some people.
  • Avoid tight gripping and overuse of the wrist. 
  • Pay attention to the movements that cause pain.

 

What Is the Outlook for People With Tennis Elbow?

Overall, 90% to 95% of people with tennis elbow will improve and recover with the treatment plan described. However, about 5% of people will not get better with conservative treatment and will need surgery to repair the injured muscle-tendon unit around the elbow. For 80% to 90% of people who have surgery, it results in pain relief and return of strength.

 

 

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Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on February 27, 2014
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