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Health Tip: Ease Pain From Tennis Elbow

Health Tip: Ease Pain From Tennis Elbow

05/23/11

(HealthDay News) -- Tennis elbow is an overuse injury that causes inflammation of the tendons that join the muscles of the forearm on the outside of the elbow.

Athletes aren't the only ones who stress the forearm muscles, however. Painters, plumbers, carpenters and computer users also may be vulnerable.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests how to alleviate the pain of tennis elbow:

  • Take a break from activities that caused the condition for a few days, resting your elbow as much as possible.
  • Take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (aspirin, Aleve, for example) to ease pain and swelling.
  • Consider physical therapy to strengthen muscles in your forearm.
  • Wear a protective arm brace during activities that led to the condition.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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