Medial Epicondylitis Treatment
The treatment for medial epicondylitis usually includes rest, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Other measures include elbow splinting, corticosteroids, physical therapy, and stretching exercises.
The treatment options for medial epicondylitis include:
- Avoidance of painful movements during the initial acute phase
- Stretching exercises should begin immediately following the acute phase
- Cold compresses
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Celecoxib (Celebrex)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- Other modalities:
- Cryotherapy (cold)
- Iontophoresis (delivers a mild electric charge to the skin)
- Physical therapy for medial epicondylitis:
- Golf swing modification
- Flexibility and muscle strengthening exercises
- Stretching exercises for medial epicondylitis
- Medial epicondylitis splint
- Corticosteroid injections for lateral epicondylitis
- Surgical treatment:
- Usually offered when medical management has been unsuccessful for 6 to 12 months.
Medial Epicondylitis Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for medial epicondylitis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Medial Epicondylitis Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat medial epicondylitis:
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