Tennis/golfer's elbow treatment

What is a tennis/golfer's elbow?

Tennis elbow, sometimes referred to as golfer's elbow, is a condition that develops when the elbow is put through regular amounts of strenuous overuse. It causes pain and discomfort on the outside part of the elbow, and can travel down to the wrist.

What does it involve?

Your consultant will examine the elbow, and may use imaging technology to view the joint and rule out other causes of pain. You may be prescribed medication to treat the pain and inflammation. You will be required to rest your elbow and abstain from sports or heavy activities for a short time, and you may have to wear a splint to support your elbow. You may be required to attend physiotherapy sessions. In severe cases, you may require injections into the elbow joint to relieve swelling and pain.

In some cases an operation will be required to release the inflamed tendon, debride it and repair where necessary.

When will I recover?

Depending on the treatment required you should be able to return home the same day, but your recovery time is dependent on the severity of the injury. Your consultant will advise you and answer any questions you may have.