Plan of care for lateral epicondilitis also known as Padel elbow or Tennis elbow.
Lateral epicondylitis, also known as "padel/
tennis elbow," is a condition that causes pain on the outside of the elbow. It is typically caused by overuse or repetitive strain, and it is common in people who play racquet sports or who engage in activities that involve gripping or lifting. The goal of treatment for lateral epicondylitis is to reduce pain and improve function. A plan of care may include:
Rest and reduced activity: Avoid activities that cause pain or strain on the elbow.
Ice: Apply ice to the affected area for 15-20 minutes several times a day to reduce swelling and pain.
Physical therapy: A physical therapist can help you stretch and strengthen the muscles in your elbow and forearm.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Over-the-counter NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or naproxen can help reduce pain and inflammation.
Bracing or taping: Wearing a brace or having the affected area taped can help support the elbow and reduce strain on the tendon.
Injections: Your doctor may recommend corticosteroid injections to help reduce inflammation and pain.
Surgery: In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to remove damaged tissue or to reattach the tendon to the bone.
It is important to follow your doctor's recommendations and follow a consistent plan of care to ensure the best possible outcome.