How do I get rid of tendonitis in my elbow?

Elbow tendonitis, also known as tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, in most of the cases, heals by itself. If you avoid activities or tasks that have caused the injury, the healing will be quicker. Most of the pain can be alleviated by just resting the elbow and wrist. In addition, the following methods can also help in the healing process along with resting:

  • Ice packs can be used on the elbow to alleviate pain and reduce the swelling. Repeat it for 10 to 20 minutes every 3 to 4 hours until the pain reduces, and the tenderness subsides.
  • An elbow brace can be used to keep the tendons stable and protect from further pain.
  • Non-steroid anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAID) like aspirin, ibuprofen, etc. can help with the pain and swelling.
  • Exercises can be performed to increase the flexibility of the elbow and wrist while at the same time decreases the stiffness.
  • Physiotherapy is advised to strengthen the muscles and stretch them in the wrist and elbow.
  • A temporary way to reduce pain and swelling around the joint is to take steroid injections and painkillers on the affected area.