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

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.

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How long does the pain normally last for people suffering from tennis elbow/tendonitis?

Usually months. Pain typically lasts several months to some degree, and depends upon severity as well as activity requirements of the patient. Rest is an essential component of treatment, and the more active someone is, the more stubborn this condition tends to be. Surgery is not typically offered until someone has had 6 months of active conservative treatment. Read more...
Varies. Some people respond to treatment in a few days to a few weeks, others months. Some do well with therapy, stretching, icing, activity reduction. Others need a cortisone injection, others require surgery. Read more...

How is elbow tendonitis or ligament damage treated?

They are deferent. Tendonitis treat it with rest anti inflammatory medication and possibly steroid injection, in rear cases we do surgery for it. Ligaments injuries called sprain we grade them from 1 -2-3. For treatment some time we used braces or splints, cast or surgical repair. Read more...

How do I get relief from chronic tennis elbow tendonitis?

PT. Consider doing some physical therapy, obtaining a counter-force strap. If these fail, corticosteriod injections help. Platelet rich plasma injection is also available as a newer treatment. Read more...
Many options. Tennis elbow: pain on the outside, difficulty holding/grasping a handle on a gallon of milk.Treat with ice, nsaid's, elbow strap and avoidance of painful activities. If pain > 1 mos then see your doctor. Further options include formal therapy with modalities i.e. Iontophoresis, steroid injections, prp("latest and greatest?") injections, and lastly surgery if nonresponsive to treatment x 6-9 mos. Read more...
Stretching. Tennis elbow reflects a "tendinosis", consisting of small tears within the tendon attachment of the muscles that stabilize your wrist. It is extremely difficult to treat (so there are so many treatment methods). One of the best ways to improve it is to stretch the muscle and tendons involved on a daily basis, in the morning and before use. This can be supervised by a therapist or done at home. Read more...

What can be done for elbow tendonitis?

Brace, ice, inject. Tennis elbow affects the outer prominent aspect of your blow. It is usually due to overuse (e.., too much tennis). Treatment is nonoperative and can consist of rest, ice, nsaids, bracing, nd local steroid injection. Rarely, surgery is indicated. Also referred to as lateral epicondylitis. Read more...