As with any overuse injury, it's crucial to get treatment for golfer's elbow quickly. Apply ice to your elbow for 15-20 minutes three to four times per day. Rest the injured elbow from aggravating activities and discuss a splint with your sports medicine professional to limit stress to the involved tendons.
For pain, your doctor may recommend an oral NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug), like ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin, to reduce pain and swelling. A topical medication may help as well. You may also get an injection of a corticosteroid or painkiller (like lidocaine) in the elbow. This may relieve pain and swelling in the short term. These treatments, though, do not seem to have long-term benefits.
Physical therapy can help in relieving pain and augment the recovery process. Use of pain relieving treatments and prescribed exercises can reduce stress to the elbow, speed recovery, and minimize the risk of recurrence. Recent innovations in care using PRP (Plasma Rich Protein) injections have also shown great promise in accelerating recovery.
Conservative treatments usually work for golfer's elbow. But if you're still having pain after three to six months, you may need surgery. These procedures can remove damaged parts of a tendon, promote healing, and reduce pain. Full recovery may take three to six months.