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my husband is a floor layer and for the last 2 months we think

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my husband is a floor layer and for the last 2 months we think he may have been suffering from tennis elbow. what do you recommend
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 5 years ago.
Hello,

Nonsurgical mode is the mainstay of treatment in tennis elbow.

About 90% of cases show improvement within a year.

Rest to the part should be given.

This may need to avoid heavy work for several weeks.

Analgesics like motrin may be taken after food if there is no contraindication till he can meet doctor to have it checked but should not be used for prolonged period.

Physical therapy will be helpful.

Brace, steroid injection can be advised by doctor.

I hope this information helps.

I will be happy to assist, if you need any clarification.

Please feel free for any follow up query.

Best wishes.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
with his type of work he cant just not work. he is self emplyed and works by himself. he is trying to adjust but do recommend a brace at all for tennis elbow
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 5 years ago.
Brace is also used in tennis elbow.

Brace is centered over the back of forearm

This helps by resting the muscles and tendons.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
i am assumming since the pain is just below the elbow but towards the top of his arm that i am correct in tennis elbow right
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 years ago.
Hello,

This looks like tendinitis of elbow (Golfer's or Tennis' elbow).

 

The Golfer's elbow has the pain on the inner side of the bone on elbow (and its counterpart tennis elbow on the opposite end, both have same treatment) and has following advised for the treatment;

 

1) Anti-inflammatory analgesics like Motrin / Advil for around 10-14 days.

2) Elbow brace

3) Physical therapy

4) Warm compresses

5) Local analgesic patch / ointment / spray

 

These are the initial modalities and if the pain does not respond than the further interventions would be required;

 

1) iontophoresis, phonophoresis

2) electrical stimulation

3) shock wave therapy

4) local steroid shots

 

Read the resources;

 

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/golfers-elbow/DS00713

 

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/tennis-elbow/DS00469

 

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

 

Dr. Arun

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
so this shouldntinvolve surgery then. It seems to bother him the most only when he lifts somethinf and bends his elbow. if he carries something with his arm straight it doesnt seem to bother him. normal?
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 years ago.
Yes, his symptoms are normal and consistent with the tennis elbow. Surgery is only required in about 2-3% of cases who do not respond to the above measures we discussed.

It is privilege assisting you.

Dr. Arun
Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (MD)
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 33479
Experience: MBBS, MS (General Surgery), Fellowship in Sports Medicine
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