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Ice or heat better for elbow tendonitis and how long does it usually last?

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Dr. Frank Holmes answered

Specializes in Sports Medicine

Ice better usually: Ice is a better choice for pain and inflammation. Tendonitis implies inflammation and is usually the cause of pain in the first 6 weeks. After that, this can become tendonosis which involves tendon degeneration and microtearing. Rest and early treatment with rehab, a brace, anti-inflammatories can produce better outcomes. If I can help, then join my care team at www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes

Answered 6/9/2017

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