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Tendonitis relief

03/15/2006

Question:

What is treatment for tennis elbow?

Answer:

Tennis elbow is a soft tissue inflammation that occurs at the attachment of the wrist extensor muscles.  Treatment is usually directed at controlling inflammation and correcting for any predisposing causes such as weakness or inflexibility of the wrist extensor muscle group as well as evaluating external factors which relate to racquet grip size and backhand and forehand mechanics. 

Inflammation can be controlled typically through the use of ice or anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen.  Occasionally, a tennis elbow brace may be helpful in controlling symptoms.  If these methods aren't helpful, a visit to your local sports medicine professional may be warranted for an evaluation and more individualized plan to care for your problem.

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Response by:

Janine   Oman, MS, PT/ATC Janine Oman, MS, PT/ATC
Assistant Athletic Director
Instructor at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University