My husband has tennis elbow and the doctor gave him anti-inflamatory?

drugs but he wont take they saying it makes him sick. He wont wear an elbow brace. His work sometimes requires him to sand above his head all day. Is there something that I can do for him or his he a helpless cause?

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  1. Jason P, 03 February, 2010

    I wouldn’t call it helpless, but it is difficult. The standard of care for lateral epicondilitis or tennis elbow, is anti-inflammatory medications and rest. Elbow braces can also be helpful, but their effectiveness is somewhat limited. If he won’t take medications, wear the brace, or decrease his activity it will make things difficult.

    His best option would be to have an injection at his elbow with a corticosteroid and numbing medication. This will grant him some immediate relief due to the numbing medication. The steroid will decrease the inflammation, but to get the best effect he should decrease the activity that caused it to happen in the first place.

    Hope this helps.

  2. mysticksky, 03 February, 2010

    well, if the anti-inflammatory drugs are making him sick, he can always go back to the doc and get switched to a different anti-inflammatory. Or, for temporary relief, he can take something like advil, motrin, ibuprofen, etc (assuming he does not have an allergy to these) for its anti-inflammatory affect.

  3. TWIDL, 03 February, 2010

    take him to accupuncture and they can help him a whole lot…much better than drugs, and he’ll feel much better! ive tried it with my grandfather who had tennis elbow and it really helped!!

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