Treatments for Common Elbow Injuries & Conditions

There are many conservative or at-home treatments you can try for elbow pain. If these don’t bring relief, be sure to schedule an appointment with your doctor. Some of these include avoiding activities that keep your arm bent for extended time periods, an ergonomically correct workstation, not putting pressure or leaning on your elbow, and keeping your elbow straight while sleeping.

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

Nonsurgical options to treat cubital tunnel syndrome include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, steroid injections, braces or splints, or physical therapy. To relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve at the elbow, there are a few surgical options if necessary. One surgical procedure is cubital tunnel release, which divides the ligament “roof” of the cubital tunnel, relieving pressure on the nerve. Ulnar nerve anterior transposition is another surgical procedure, which involves moving the nerve from its constricted space to a new place in front of it, thereby freeing up the nerve.

Tendonitis of the Elbow (Tennis Elbow or Golfer’s Elbow) Treatment

Rest, ice, medication and physical therapy are often the nonsurgical treatments needed for elbow tendonitis. Cortisone injections can help relieve pain as well. Surgery may be an option depending on the severity of the condition and response to conservative treatment. Surgery can be performed through a small incision, which involves removing diseased tendon and reattaching healthy tendon to bone.