COVID-19 Update

Wisconsin Bone and Joint is committed to developing a protocol to help stop the spread of the virus within our office.

Effective 3/16/2020, we will remain open to provide care for urgent and post-operative patients.  If you have a non-urgent or elective issue we will be calling to reschedule your appointment.

The health and wellbeing of our patients and staff are very important.  If you or someone you know are experiencing symptoms of fever, dry cough, or shortness of breath, or you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please call to cancel your appointment.

This is an evolving situation, please check back often for updates.

Thank you,

Wisconsin Bone and Joint, S.C.

Non-Operative Tennis Elbow

Non-Operative Treatment

Approximately 80% to 95% of patients have success with nonsurgical treatment.

Rest

The first step toward recovery is to give your arm proper rest. This means that you will have to stop participation in sports or heavy work activities for several weeks.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines

Drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen reduce pain and swelling.

Wrist stretching exercise with elbow extended.

Equipment check

If you participate in a racquet sport, your doctor may encourage you to have your equipment checked for proper fit. Stiffer racquets and looser-strung racquets often can reduce the stress on the forearm, which means that the forearm muscles do not have to work as hard. If you use an oversized racquet, changing to a smaller head may help prevent symptoms from recurring.

Physical therapy

Specific exercises are helpful for strengthening the muscles of the forearm. Your therapist may also perform ultrasound, ice massage, or muscle-stimulating techniques to improve muscle healing.

Brace

Using a brace centered over the back of your forearm may also help relieve symptoms of tennis elbow. This can reduce symptoms by resting the muscles and tendons.

Steroid injections

Steroids, such as cortisone, are very effective anti-inflammatory medicines. Your doctor may decide to inject your damaged muscle with a steroid to relieve your symptoms.

 

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