How do you treat Tennis Elbow?

I play QB and my elbow often gets so soar that I can barely lift my arm. It happens everytime I throw 100 passes or more at one time. And the pain lasts for a few hours. How do I treat it?

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  1. amembal4444, 09 November, 2009

    Treatment may include stopping or limiting activities that cause the pain, such as heavy lifting with the palm facing down. Sometimes a band wrapped around the forearm near the elbow is used to protect the injured muscles as they are healing. In some cases, the wearing of a wrist splint may be recommended for the same purpose.

    Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as naproxen or ibuprofen may be given for pain. Injections of cortisone may also be used to relieve the pain. A tennis elbow band may be advised.

    In severe or long-lasting episodes, an injection of medication into the area may relieve the discomfort. Your hand surgeon may recommend exercises that stretch and strengthen the muscles to help prevent the condition from returning. Some patients respond to additional treatment through therapy. As the condition improves, there is usually a slow return to normal activities. Recurrence of this condition is common.

    Applying heat and ice in combination works extremely well, as ice controls swelling and heat heals and promotes blood flow and also relieves the tightness and pain.

    Although not founded in clinical research, the tennis player’s treatment of choice is frequent icing and compression (Cold compression therapy) for inflammation, and taking anti-inflammatory pain-killers, such as ibuprofen. In general the evidence base for intervention measures is poor. A brace might also be recommended by a doctor to reduce the range of movement in the elbow and thus reduce the use and pain. Also, ergonomic considerations are important to help with the successful relief of lateral elbow pain.

    Rest, ice and compression are the treatments of choice. There are many excellent cold compression therapy products available. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may reduce pain, and inflammation.

    Stretches and progressive strengthening exercises are essential to prevent re-irritation of the tendon. Progressive strengthening for this condition involves using weights or elastic theraband to increase pain free grip strength and forearm strength. Racquet sport players also are commonly advised to strengthen their shoulder rotator cuff, scapulothoracic and abdominal muscles by Physiotherapists to help reduce any overcompensation in the wrist extensors during gross shoulder and arm movements.

    With physiotherapy, ultrasound can be used to reduce the inflammation and promote collagen production although the current evidence for its efficacy is inconclusive. Manual therapy (a form of physiotherapy) is an important part of the treatment; and can take the form of elbow joint mobilisations/manipulations and/or extensor muscle tissue mobilisations. Nerve mobilisation can also be helpful if the Physiotherapist finds a positive nerve tension test in their assessment. The most common upper limb nerve found to be sensitive is the radial nerve for this condition. Elbow clasps are also found to give temporary relief of symptoms.

  2. Shari, 09 November, 2009

    I have that and the doc just tells me to take Ibuprophin.

  3. Exoilfeildtrash, 09 November, 2009

    Heat cold heat cold heat cold 30 minutes at a time its tendonitis from over use time is the only thing that will cure it fully its your bodies way of saying hey dude I had enuff if ya don’t take it easy I’m gonna have to take things into my own hands and if it gets you good enuff it can bend the bones in your arms from the tendons getting so tight.I used to wing a sledge hammer for 30-40 hours sometimes straight it will mess with you after a while and it may cause permanent damage cortisone shots if it comes to it but they only mask the pain and you end up doing more damage. If it gets bad enuff it will make a grown man cry big time careful with your arm and stretch alot before the game.

  4. princessbethanie02, 09 November, 2009

    husband has it. he wears a small velcro "brace" (about 8 bux) and wear any chance you get. also ibuprofen and ice on and off every 15 mins. good luck.

  5. barb s, 09 November, 2009

    My husband had it for years & finally got a cortisone shot. It worked really well, and hasn’t bothered him in 14 yrs

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