Your doctor will need to conduct a physical examination and ask about your daily activities. An X-ray may also be done to confirm the diagnosis, and to exclude other associated injuries that can occur with a golfer's elbow.
Treatment may begin with home-based therapy and medication to relieve the symptoms. This includes:
- Applying ice or a cold compress to the elbow and inner part of the forearm
- Stretching out the forearm
- Using a brace for support
- Taking medication to relieve pain and inflammation
As the pain subsides, you may gradually resume normal activity and perform simple exercises to help strengthen the arm.
For persistent pain that does not respond well to home-based therapy, your doctor may recommend corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation or plasma-rich protein injections to boost the healing process. Most people recover without the need for surgery, but in rare circumstances this may be advised. The procedure may involve the removal of damaged tissue, build-up of scar tissue, or extra bone which may be pressing on the tendon.
Depending on the type of treatment and need for surgery, recovery time ranges from 4 weeks to 6 months or more for severe cases.
Consult an orthopaedic specialist to find the treatment option best suited for your condition.
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