Elbow – Nonsurgical Treatment Options

Once the extent of your elbow condition has been determined, your Wisconsin Bone & Joint orthopedic physician will prescribe the most effective treatment. In the large majority of cases, nonoperative treatment can provide sufficient pain relief while improving the shoulder function. Initial treatment options include:

  • Simple rest and reduction of any overhead activity
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Corticosteroid injection
  • Physical therapy and strengthening exercises

In most cases, it usually takes a few weeks to a few months to effectively restore the strength and mobility of the patient’s shoulder.

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