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What's the best treatment for elbow pain?

Posted Oct 01 2008 8:12pm

If you have pain on the tendons attaching at your elbow, you may have tennis elbow, damage to these tendons. Place your hand and arm on the table with your palm facing up. If your elbow hurts when you try to raise your fist by bending you wrist, you probably have forehand tennis elbow. If the same maneuver hurts when your palm is down, you probably have backhand tennis elbow.

The odds are overwhelming that your orthopedist will try to inject cortisone-type drugs into that tendon, and you may feel better for a few weeks. However, at six months, it won't make any difference whether you received the injection or not. Cortisone gives you only short term freedom from pain. Treatment is to strengthen the tendon by lifting very light and then progressively heavier weights.

For more on treatment of sports injuries see the Fitness section of www.DrMirkin.com

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