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The 10 Best Ways to Treat Tennis Elbow

best ways to treat tennis elbow

When it comes to treating tennis elbow, there are several effective methods. Here are 10 of the best ways to treat tennis elbow:

1. Rest and activity modification: Give your elbow adequate rest and avoid activities that aggravate the condition such as repetitive motions or gripping.

2. Physiotherapy: Consult with a physiotherapist who can guide you through specific exercises to strengthen and stretch the muscles in your forearm, wrist and hand. They may also use techniques like ultrasound or electrical stimulation to promote healing.

3. Massage therapy: A registered massage therapist can work on the affected muscles and tendons to reduce pain and tension. Techniques such as deep tissue massage, myofascial release and trigger point can be beneficial.

4. Chiropractic care: Chiropractors can provide treatments like spinal adjustments and mobilizations to address misalignments in the spine and improve overall joint function. They may also use techniques such as ultrasound or laser modalities to promote healing.

5. Brace or splint: Wearing a brace or splint can provide support and stability to the affected area, relieving strain on the tendons and promoting healing.

6. Cold and heat: Applying ice packs or cold compresses to the affected area can help reduce inflammation and pain. Heat such as a warm towel or hot water soak, can promote blood circulation and relaxation.

7. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or naproxen sodium can help reduce pain and inflammation. Consult with your doctor before taking any medication.

8. Corticosteroid injections: In severe cases, a doctor may recommend corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation and provide short-term pain relief. These injections are typically administered by a medical professional.

9. Extracorporeal shockwave (ESWT): ESWT involves sending shockwaves to the affected area to stimulate healing and reduce pain. It is often used when other conservative treatments have not provided sufficient relief.

10. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP): PRP treatment involves injecting a concentrated form of platelets from your own blood into the affected area. Platelets contain growth factors that can promote tissue regeneration and healing.

It’s important to note that the effectiveness of each treatment option can vary depending on the individual, and it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the best course of action for your specific condition.

If you’re experiencing pain and discomfort in your elbow and forearm, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Rest and ice, physiotherapy, medications, braces or splints, and surgery are all effective treatments for tennis elbow. The best treatment for you will depend on the severity of your injury and your individual needs. It’s important to work with a doctor or physiotherapist to develop a treatment plan that’s right for you. With the right treatment, you can reduce pain and regain function in your arm and get back to doing the activities you enjoy.

If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Sam Heslip, RMT, or another Kitchener registered massage therapist at CARESPACE.We are happy to listen and are here to help!

Sam Heslip, BSc (Hons), RMT

Sam Heslip, BSc (Hons), RMT

Massage Therapist
Sam completed an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph before furthering his knowledge of the human body at Mohawk College where he graduated from the Massage program. Sam is trained in a variety of massage techniques including general Swedish massage, joint mobilizations, and myofascial release. Sam strives to help people reach their health goals. Whether you are recovering from injury, dealing with stress, pain or discomfort, Sam will get you back to feeling your best.

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