Overuse or excessive stressing of the elbow tendons may cause them to tear, causing an injury called tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis in medical terms. It is characterized by soreness and tenderness on the outer part of the elbow, weakness on the wrist and shoulder, pain on the affected tendons and inability to perform common simple activities that involve light lifting or gripping. Despite the name, tennis elbow does not affect tennis players only, anyone who uses the arm repeatedly especially the wrist and the elbow in activities like swinging, hammering and digging are likely to suffer this injury. There are several forms of tennis elbow cures that may be used depending on the severity of the condition. Most injuries that are diagnosed in good time can be treated by applying ice packs or frozen peas and allowing the injured elbow to rest.
For severe cases of tennis elbow injuries, a doctor may apply anti-inflammatory medication to quell the inflammation and prevent swelling. The patient may also take painkillers for the pain in the injured elbow but a doctor may use narcotic pain relievers like Demerol if traditional pain killers do not work. An elbow brace or support will be necessary to keep the arm in good healing position and prevent unavoidable movements that will only cause further damage to the injury.
There are different ways on how to cure tennis elbow in severe cases and the use of Corticosteroids is one of them. This is an injection that is used only when the pain in the injury is excruciating. To accelerate the healing process or to be sure that the tendons heal right, a doctor may recommend several physical therapies that will stretch and strengthen the muscles around the injured tendons. The last resort to a completely damaged tendon that requires reconstruction is surgery but it often does not get to this point.