Treatment of Tennis Elbow
How to treat tennis elbow is determined by the extent of injury, patient’s activity level and patient’s age. The majority of patients have success with non-surgical measures.
The RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) method is the most common first treatment prescribed by Dr. Verma. If overuse is the cause of injury, the combination of these items will alleviate the pain and other troublesome symptoms. Physical therapy to strengthen the elbow area and a brace may also be recommended. Finally, injections are commonly used to decrease inflammation and facilitate tendon healing.
If tennis elbow symptoms do not respond to non-surgical measures or if the condition is left untreated for too long, a surgical approach may be recommended by Dr. Verma. Typically, an elbow surgery to repair the torn tendons is performed arthroscopically. Arthroscopic surgery is less invasive and involves one or two small incisions and the use of small surgical instruments and a camera to repair damage. Patients can expect a quicker recovery time and less pain with an arthroscopic method in most cases.
To learn more about tennis elbow treatment, please contact the orthopedic office of Dr. Nikhil Verma, elbow specialist treating patients in the Chicago, Westchester, Oak Brook and Hinsdale, Illinois communities.