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Can nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) help treat tennis elbow?

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Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin, can help with pain and swelling. However, these drugs can cause side effects, such as bleeding and ulcers. You should only use them occasionally, unless your doctor says otherwise, since they may delay healing.

SOURCES Davis, M.F. , American College of Physicians Press, 2005. Field, L.D. and Savoie, F.H. Sept. 26. Rouzier, P. SportsMed Press, 2004. :


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SOURCES Davis, M.F. , American College of Physicians Press, 2005. Field, L.D. and Savoie, F.H. Sept. 26. Rouzier, P. SportsMed Press, 2004. :


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Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 30, 2018

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