What are the Treatment Options for Elbow Tendonitis?

by / Thursday, 05 June 2014 / Published in Elbow Surgery

It’s not easy to generalize tendonitis, as the condition can occur in a variety of levels of severity and can last anything from a few days to several months. However, in any and all cases there are some highly-effective treatment options a patient can make use of – many of which can be administered with the need for medical intervention.

Options for Tendonitis Self-Care

As mentioned, it’s perfectly possible to take the DIY approach to looking after a case of tendonitis, which can be particularly effective in the less severe instances.

  • Simple Rest

For example, one of the very best things anyone can do to assist their recovery from tendonitis is to simply stop doing whatever it is that led to the condition in the first place. If it was tennis or any elbow painother sport, stop playing for a while. The worst thing you can do is continue applying the same pressure that caused the problem, as this will not only hinder the healing process, but it could actually make things a great deal worse.

  • Support

Along with avoiding unnecessary activity, it may also be a good idea to invest in some kind of support for the affected area, like a simple brace or splint. The less you move it and the more rest it gets, the faster the recovery.

  • Apply Ice

One of the best DIY home remedies for calming inflammation and also managing pain at the same time is to apply ice to the affected area. Be careful not to apply the ice straight onto the bare skin, as this can be harmful to the skin in its own right, but instead wrap the ice in a towel or buy a special freezable ice pack designed for such injuries. You can even try a bag of frozen vegetables if that’s all you have on hand! Apply the ice for around 15 minutes or so a few times each day.

Medication – Pain Killers

It is of course extremely common and usually safe to take standard OTC painkillers to keep the discomfort of tendonitis in check. Simple NSAIDs like ibuprofen are usually the best examples, though Elbow Arthroscopyyou could also try paracetamol or anything else recommended by your doctor.

What’s of extreme importance to understand however is the importance of continuing to rest the affected area even if the painkillers prove hugely effective. Just because the pain has subsided does not mean that the problem is in any way better than it was a few hours prior, so resist the temptation to let normal life resume after taking painkillers.


You may be recommended physiotherapy either as a mandatory part of the treatment process or an optional addition to speed things along. This will involve stretching, massages and exercises as carried out an instructed by a trained professional.

Injections or Surgery

And finally, in the most severe cases a patient may be offered steroid injections or stem cell procedures to help relieve pain. This may include platelet rich plasma therapy, or stem cell procedures including bone marrow or amniotic derived stem cell therapy.