When you get tennis elbow, what happens to the elbow area?

I play badminton and my elbow pains, after laying off for two days it’s pain free. But does it cause muscle strain or tendon strain, bone deterioration? Because the pain is back again. What could I use to keep it at bay, the racket is quite light so no problem there.
Without drugs I mean. Like ice pack, heat compress, arm band, anything like that.

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  1. Liz, 30 January, 2010

    it is stress on the tendon. you could have tendonitis either way just ice 15-20 minutes every day. You can also wear a band on the forearm that has has a little part in it that sticks out on the inside that applies pressure to the spot that hurts and makes it not hurt as much. you can buy those at jewel walgreens dicks sports authority etc. I agree without drugs i dont like taking pain relievers.

  2. Rachel M, 30 January, 2010

    Classic tennis elbow is inflammation of the tendon where it inserts into the bone. The best way to deal with it is to use antiinflammatory drugs (like ibuprofen) and to rest the elbow (i.e. stop playing) for a period of time. I would think a week or two should do it.

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