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Tennis Elbow Treatment Overview

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First steps to consider

  • Mild to moderate tennis elbow can often be treated at home.
  • OTC pain relievers and other at-home strategies can help discomfort.
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When you may need a provider

  • Your elbow pain is severe or still hurts after about 2–3 weeks of home treatments.
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When to see a healthcare provider

See a healthcare provider if pain is severe or pain lasts for more than 2–3 weeks. The main symptom of tennis elbow is pain around the outside part of your elbow that’s worse when you press on it or when you bend your wrist up.

Getting diagnosed

Your provider will likely diagnose you based on a physical exam. But they may do an X-ray to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms.

What to expect from your doctor visit

  • Your provider may recommend wearing a supportive brace on your forearm to relieve pressure on your elbow and help with recovery. They can tell you what type of brace is best for you.
  • Physical therapy can help stretch and strengthen your muscles, especially your forearm muscles, and improve blood flow to the tendons.
  • If OTC pain relievers aren’t helping, cortisone injections can give you some temporary pain relief.
  • If your tennis elbow hasn’t improved with other treatments, your provider may discuss Injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to speed up healing. Platelets taken from your blood are concentrated and then injected into the affected area.
  • If all the above treatments haven’t worked, surgery may be recommended to remove damaged tissue and improve blood flow to the area.

Types of providers who treat tennis elbow

  • A primary care provider can diagnose and treat tennis elbow.
  • A sports medicine provider, who specializes in injuries that happen during physical activity, may be able to offer additional treatments and help you safely return to your sport.
  • A physical therapist can teach you exercises that strengthen and stretch the affected area and offer pain relief techniques like massage.
  • An orthopedic surgeon, who specializes in musculoskeletal conditions, can do surgery if needed.
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