The type and duration of the treatment will depend on the severity of the condition. The first step in treating tennis elbow is to manage the activities that cause the pain, such as tennis or golf.
- Pain killers medications relieve the pain.
- A tennis elbow strap can be worn just below the elbow to limit the stress on the ECRB tendon.
- Treating the area with an ice pack and performing an ice massage are also recommended.
- Physiotherapy to stretch the tendon and retrain the extensor muscles is important. Eccentricexercise programmes are popular and prove effective in 70% of cases.
If the condition does not respond to the above treatments, injections are often used. Steroid injections are the most commonly used injections, but they generally wear off after a few months. There is some evidence that while steroid injections may provide short term relief they make make the condition go on for a longer period. More recently Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections have shown to be more effective than steroid injections, but are more expensive.