Tennis elbow is a type of tendinitis -- swelling of the tendons -- that causes pain in the elbow and arm. These tendons are bands of tough tissue that connect the muscles of your lower arm to the bone.
Types of treatment that help are:
1. Icing the elbow to reduce pain and swelling. Experts recommend doing it for 20 to 30 minutes every 3 to 4 hours for 2 to 3 days or until the pain is gone.
2. Using an elbow strap to protect the injured tendon from further strain.
3. Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin, to help with pain and swelling. However, these drugs can cause side effects, such as bleeding and ulcers. You should only use them occasionally, unless your doctor says otherwise, since they may delay healing.
4. Performing range of motion exercises to reduce stiffness and increase flexibility. Your doctor may recommend that you do them three to five times a day.
5. Getting physical therapy to strengthen and stretch the muscles.
6. Having injections of steroids or painkillers to temporarily ease some of the swelling and pain around the joint. Studies suggest that steroid injections don't help in the long term.
Most of the time, these treatments will do the work but Surgery is indicated in certain cases. In the procedure, the damaged section of the tendon usually is removed and the remaining tendon repaired. Surgery works in about 85%-90% of cases.
Pain or burning on the outer part of your elbow,Weak grip strength,Sometimes, pain in the thigh
Burning or pain on the outer elbow that may travel to your wrist,Pain when twisting or bending arm
Physical therapy,Steroid therapy,Rehabilitation,Surgery