Elbow pain most commonly arises due to excessive repetitive activities. In some cases, it is caused following an injury.
- Rest – Arm and elbow pain are generally best managed, at least initially, with relative rest. It may help to wear a splint during the day (but you should take this off at night or when resting). When exercising, ensure you warm up gently and properly to help avoid injury.
- Cold – Apply ice packs or a bag of frozen peas (wrap in a cloth to prevent ice burns) and apply to the painful area to help reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
- Elevation – If swelling. Try to keep the arm elevated above the level of the heart if possible, to help reduce any swelling
- Painkillers – taking regular doses of painkillers like ibuprofen, paracetamol, or a combination, are often helpful. Alternatively, you may prefer to use ‘rub on’ (topical) versions instead. Speak to your pharmacist for further information.
- Appliances – Tennis and golfers elbow will often benefit from an appropriate splint which may be purchased from your pharmacist or online.
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