Tennis elbow usually lasts between 6 months and 2 years, with most people (90%) making a full recovery within a year. The most important thing to do is to rest your injured arm and stop doing the activity that caused the problem.
Secondly, what can you do for tennis elbow that won’t go away?
If it’s your first time with tennis elbow, your doctor likely will recommend these conservative treatments:
- Rest the elbow.
- Use a tennis elbow strap.
- Use anti-inflammatory drugs (pills or topical ointment).
- Do physical therapy to stretch and strengthen the forearm.
Likewise, people ask, how do I know if my elbow pain is serious?
Call your doctor right away if you have:
- Severe pain, swelling and bruising around the joint.
- Trouble moving your elbow normally, using your arm or turning your arm from palm up to palm down and vice versa.
What movements should I avoid with tennis elbow?
Chin-ups, pushups and bench presses: All of these movements put a strain on your elbow’s flexors, which can lead to further irritation of the lateral tendons of your elbow. Wrist exercises: It’s best to avoid any wrist exercises, especially forearm dumbbell curls or barbell extensions.
The most common symptom of tennis elbow is an ache on the outside of your elbow. Over time — from a few weeks to a few months — the ache turns into a constant pain. The outside of your elbow may be too painful to touch.
The symptoms of tennis elbow include pain, inflammation, and stiffness. With proper treatment, you will begin to notice an improvement in approximately 1-3 weeks, depending on your level of activity. Most people can expect the injury to be completely healed in 6-8 weeks.
Sleeping with tennis elbow
To avoid putting strain on your elbow while recovering from tennis elbow, you should sleep on your back and try to keep your arms in a straighter, more natural relaxed position. It helps to prop up each arm on pillows on either side of you.
Other Conditions Mistaken for Tennis Elbow
- Medial epicondylitis, or golfer’s elbow, causes pain in the same area as tennis elbow. …
- Osteochondritis is a joint disease. …
- Arthritis can wear down the protective cartilage around the elbow.
- Rest your fingers, wrist, and forearm muscles to allow your tendon to heal. …
- As soon as you notice pain, use ice or cold packs for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, several times a day. …
- Wear a counterforce brace during activities that require grasping or twisting arm movements.
Treatment for Tennis Elbow
- Icing the elbow to reduce pain and swelling. …
- Using an elbow strap to protect the injured tendon from further strain.
- Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin, to help with pain and swelling.
Stretching exercises are controlled stretches that prevent tennis elbow stiffness and tendon shortening. Gently bend, straighten, and rotate your wrist. If you have increasing pain, slow down or stop the exercises.