tennis elbow help???

hi one day i was shootin hoops and then that day i shot the ball and i felt a little pain on my elbow. its been 7 days and my elbow did not fully heal. when do u think its goin to fully heal?? 2 years?? 2 weeks?? from ur experience how long??

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  1. Fran, 01 September, 2009

    I got a steroid shot in my elbow. It didn’t hurt and got instant relief. They use a numbing medication along with the steroid medication. My shot was seven years ago and I have not had any more problems.

  2. greenburg603, 01 September, 2009

    It depends have you been putting ice on your elbow to help relieve the pain? Tennis elbow comes and goes from my experience. There are things to help relieve the pain like ice packs, cortisone shots exercises and tylenol. When you get tennis elbow it helps to keep it in movement such as foing exercises and putting ice packs for 10 minutes. If you want more information here it is at the bottom:

    Topic Overview
    What is tennis elbow?
    Tennis elbow is soreness or pain on the outer part of the elbow. It happens when you damage the tendons that connect the muscles of your forearm to your elbow. The pain may spread down your arm to your wrist. If you don’t treat the injury, it may hurt to do simple things like turn a key or open a door.

    See a picture of tennis elbow. Your doctor may call it lateral epicondylitis.

    What causes tennis elbow?
    Most of the time tennis elbow is caused by overuse. You probably got it from doing activities where you twist your arm over and over. This can stress the tendon, causing tiny tears that in time lead to pain. A direct blow to the outer elbow can also cause tendon damage.

    Tennis elbow is common in tennis players, but most people get it from other activities that work the same muscles, such as gardening, painting, or using a screwdriver. It is often the result of using equipment that is the wrong size or using it the wrong way. For example, a tennis racquet with a grip too large for your hand can lead to tendon damage.

    Anyone can get tennis elbow, but it usually occurs in adults between the ages of 40 and 60.

    How is tennis elbow diagnosed?
    To diagnose tennis elbow, a doctor will examine your elbow and ask questions about the elbow problem, your daily activities, and past injuries. You probably won’t need to have an X-ray, but you might have one to help rule out other things that could be causing the pain.

    If your symptoms don’t get better with treatment, you might have an imaging test, such as an MRI. This can tell your doctor whether a bone problem or tissue damage is causing your symptoms.

    How is it treated?
    You can start treating tennis elbow at home right away.

    Rest your arm, and avoid any activity that makes the pain worse.
    Apply ice or cold packs for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, up to 2 times an hour, for the first 3 days. Keep using ice as long as it helps.
    Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or naproxen (NSAIDs) or acetaminophen if you need them.
    Wear a "counterforce" brace when you need to grasp or twist something. This is a strap around your forearm placed about an inch below your elbow. It eases the pressure on the tendon and spreads force throughout your arm.
    After the pain eases, your doctor or physical therapist can teach you rehab exercises to stretch and strengthen your tendon. Doing these exercises at home can help your tendon heal and can prevent further injury.

    When you feel better, you can return to your activity, but take it easy for a while. Don’t start at the same level as before your injury. Build back to your previous level slowly, and stop if it hurts. To avoid damaging your tendon again:

    Take lessons or ask a trainer or pro to check the way you are doing your activity. If the way you use a tool is the problem, try switching hands or changing your grip. Make sure you are using the right equipment for your size and strength.
    Always take time to warm up before and stretch after you exercise.
    After the activity, apply ice to prevent pain and swelling.
    Be patient, and stick with your treatment. You will probably feel better in a few weeks, but it may take 6 to 12 months for the tendon to heal. In some cases, the pain lasts for 2 years or longer.

    If your symptoms don’t improve after 6 to 8 weeks of home treatment, your doctor may suggest a shot of steroid medicine. This could give you some short-term relief so you can start rehab exercises. Surgery is seldom needed for tennis elbow.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about tennis elbow:
    What is tennis elbow?
    What are symptoms of tennis elbow?
    What causes tennis elbow?
    How does tennis elbow usually develop and then heal?
    What increases my risk of developing tennis elbow?
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    Being diagnosed:
    How is tennis elbow diagnosed?

    Getting treatment:
    How is tennis elbow treated?
    What can I do to treat tennis elbow at home?
    Are there medicines that can help heal tennis elbow?
    What type of surgery is used for tennis elbow?
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    What complementary and alternative treatments can I try to treat tennis elbow?

    Ongoing concerns:
    How can I prevent tennis elbow from recurring?

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  3. Chris B, 01 September, 2009

    You’ve listed this as help for ‘Tennis Elbow’ which is a mild or moderate to severe tendon inflammation. I’ll go from that and will assume the diagnosis to be correct. In the meanwhile, take a look at the url I give below and go over the information there. It will help you a lot in caring for this very painful and debillitating condition.

    I suffer and have suffered from diagnosed tennis elbow for over 20 years and have never been rid of it all the way. I’ve gone through all the procedures recommended short of surgery. I didn’t opt for surgery because there was no guarantee the treatment would work for me. The damage is in my dominant arm and their last resort suggestion was to detach the ligaments/tendons from their place on the bone and move them to another location to reduce the stress on them! It was indicated that the tendons were either frayed or torn but they were not certain. I had already gone through 3, even though 2 is usually the norm, corticosteroid injections which relieved the pain for about six months the first 2 times. The third set off a bout of pain I shall never forget. The reason? When corticosteroid injections do not eliminate the problem, they further inflame the area for an extended period of time. Since I could never have those shots again, some time after that third injection I sought the advice of a Sport’s Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon. Today I wear an elbow strap on my left forearm, nearest the area that is painful. It does help a lot. I also learned in physical therapy how to adjust my grip on things when using my left hand. Relaxing that tight grip did wonders for my condition. When I know I’m going to be doing something that requires long use of my left hand in a tightened position, the strap goes on and tightly!

    Pay attention to how you grip things…a pen or pencil, your steering wheel or anything that requires a firm grip on an object. Try relaxing that grip and see for yourself how much that helps. You must develop, pay attention to and remember how you do things in order for you to make the adjustments that are needed to help you lessen the pain. By all means, see a good doctor for this condition. Corticosteroid injections are a quick respite from and not a cure for the condition. Good luck!

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