How is lateral epicondylitis treated?
Most individuals have success with non-surgical treatment. Conservative methods can include: medication, rest, physical therapy, bracing the elbow, shockwave therapy, platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections, or corticosteroid injections. NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) such as ibuprofen, can reduce pain and inflammation during flare-ups. Resting and reducing activity for several weeks can also help alleviate symptoms. Dr. Williams may order physical therapy for strength training purposes. Dr. Williams may also discuss the most appropriate treatment for your specific elbow injury.
Surgical treatment may be recommended if symptoms do not improve after approximately 6 months of conservative methods. Surgery may involve removing diseased tendon and reattaching healthy tendon back to the bone. The procedure is typically outpatient, and does not involve an overnight stay in the hospital. Dr. Williams will discuss the type of surgical method he will use and it is based upon the specific type of elbow injury, age, health and underlying medical conditions. Typically a full recovery is achieved in 3-6 months.