How to treat tennis elbow which is basically an injury to the outside tendons and muscles in the arm. This injury occurs due to overuse and repetitive movement. In case the pain caused due to the injury is not debilitating it can be treated with the help of simple home cures like ice pack and adequate rest. Doctors recommend the use of painkillers and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) or naproxen (Aleve) in case of severe pain.
Treating Tennis Elbow
When you pay your doctor a visit for treating this condition he will first analyze the way you use your arm. After analyzing he may suggest basic steps and simple exercises to reduce stress on the injured tissue to begin with.
After your pain eases somewhat or becomes bearable you may have to do exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles in the forearm. In addition to physical therapy you may be required to wear a strap or brace to reduce stress on the injured tissue.
How to treat tennis elbow if the pain is severe and persistent? In such cases doctors prescribe corticosteroid medication. This will basically help in reducing pain, swelling and inflammation. Although this medication does not cause any adverse side effects, it is not a long-term, permanent solution for the condition. While this medication rarely causes any harmful side effects, it does not offer a long-term solution either. In case corticosteroid medication does not help, as a last option surgery would be recommended. Normally surgery is required only in extreme cases where all other forms of treatment have failed to provide relief for over six months. Surgery involves either trimming the inflamed tendon, or surgically releasing and then re-attaching the tendon to relieve pain.