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Like most people you probably don’t think a lot about how often you move your arm by bending your elbow. However, for our patients that are experiencing elbow pain, every time they bend and straighten their arm, even one time, is too many.
When our patients come in to see us about elbow pain relief, the first thing our doctors will do is determine why the pain is there in the first place. Simply treating the symptom of pain doesn’t correct the problem and, if there is bone, tendon or ligament damage, not treating the underlying issue can cause more damage and longer recovery time.
The Truth about Pain
No one wants to be in pain, we understand that, but pain is the body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. When you use over-the-counter pain relievers you are shutting down your body’s advanced warning system and potentially causing a greater risk.
See Us First
If you are experiencing elbow pain come in and see us and we can determine what is causing the pain. If there is damage to the joint, a broken bone, muscle injury or even damage from arthritis, we can then help you to determine the best course of action to treat the symptoms of pain while also restoring range of motion and movement to your elbow.
Options For Pain Relief
For mild strains, arthritis or slight inflammation that is caused by overuse or repetitive types of actions NSAIDs, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can be very effective in relieving the pain. These can be purchased over-the-counter and when combined with immobilization of the joint and hot or cold compresses, they can help to relieve the pain and swelling.
For more significant pain, analgesics, which are prescription pain medications, may be required. These may need to be used long term, as in the case of arthritis, or they may be used in combination with topical creams that also contain analgesics. When muscles are the source of pain, these might be the best option. Also, they don’t have the side-effects that some people experience with the oral medications.
Another medication that we may prescribe is a corticosteroid. We often inject this medication directly into the joint for very fast pain relief and to control inflammation which often contributes to the pain.
Choosing the right medication, or even immobilizing the arm, is frequently the best option we have to immediately help manage any pain you are experiencing. We can also help you with the use of hot and cold compresses to keep down swelling and to speed up healing of soft tissue injuries to the elbow.