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Home therapy for tennis elbow

Written By northidahodpc

Home therapy for tennis elbow

January 27, 2012

Tennis elbow is a common condition that affects people who grip a lot in their work or recreation, especially if it is paired with impact (such as hitting a ball with a tennis racket), or those who do a lot of twisting with pressure (like using a screwdriver). The outside of the elbow hurts to touch, and picking up heavier objects with the palms down is quite painful. Many patients I see request a cortisone shot, which does dramatically eliminate the pain in many cases, usually within 3 to 5 days. However, home therapy is generally recommended first. This includes using a tennis elbow brace, which should be worn at all times, applying intermittent ice, trying to avoid any inciting activities, taking anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen, lifting heavier objects with the palms up and stretches (as demonstrated in this brief video). Usually these conservative measures will successfully treat the majority of cases…..Richard R Samuel, MD Family Practice and Urgent Care Hayden, ID USA

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