Tennis Elbow Injections

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Evolution of Tennis Elbow Injections

Treatment of tennis elbow aims at decreasing symptoms of pain and weakness while the body heals itself over time, usually a year or less. A small strap or splint is often prescribed to reduce the strain on the tendons during activity. Oral or topical anti-inflammatories can be used, as well as stretches at home or with a physical therapist. In addition, patients often seek immediate relief of the focal discomfort on the outside of the elbow. Many orthopaedic conditions can be palliated with a shot, and tennis elbow is no exception. The traditional substance used in orthopaedic injections is some type of steroid, and patients usually refer to this treatment as a cortisone injection. Concerns about steroid shots include the issue that the medicine does not actually increase healing, and that it can weaken tissue over time. These concerns have led doctors to investigate other injectables that may encourage healing.

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