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How can I manage pain from tennis elbow?

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Tennis elbow can be painful. Some ways to ease the pain include:

Over-the-counter pain relievers : Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) can ease mild to moderate pain. These are called NSAIDs -- nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs -- and they reduce inflammation, too. Talk to your doctor about taking these, especially if you need them for weeks.

Ice: If you don’t like the idea of taking pills or want to take fewer, cold packs can also reduce swelling and pain. Put one on for about 15 minutes at a time several times a day.

From: How Can I Take Care of My Tennis Elbow? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Tennis elbow,” “Tennis elbow: Self-management.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Tennis elbow.”

University of Rochester School of Medicine: “Tennis elbow.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis),” “Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medicines (NSAIDs).”

UpToDate: Patient education: Elbow tendinopathy (tennis and golf elbow) (Beyond the Basics).

Virginia Sportsmedicine Institute: “Elbow pain.”

Health Navigator (New Zealand): “Tennis Elbow.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Tennis Elbow: An Overview.”

Kaiser Permanente: “Elbow Pain: Tennis Elbow.”

 

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 24, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Tennis elbow,” “Tennis elbow: Self-management.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Tennis elbow.”

University of Rochester School of Medicine: “Tennis elbow.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis),” “Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medicines (NSAIDs).”

UpToDate: Patient education: Elbow tendinopathy (tennis and golf elbow) (Beyond the Basics).

Virginia Sportsmedicine Institute: “Elbow pain.”

Health Navigator (New Zealand): “Tennis Elbow.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Tennis Elbow: An Overview.”

Kaiser Permanente: “Elbow Pain: Tennis Elbow.”

 

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 24, 2018

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