Treatment may include stopping or limiting activities that cause the pain, such as heavy lifting with the palm facing down. Sometimes a band wrapped around the forearm near the elbow is used to protect the injured muscles as they are healing. In some cases, the wearing of a wrist splint may be recommended for the same purpose.
Non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as naproxen or ibuprofen may be given for pain. Injections of cortisone may also be used to relieve the pain. A tennis elbow band may be advised.
In severe or long-lasting episodes, an injection of medication into the area may relieve the discomfort. Sometimes exercises that stretch and strengthen the muscles are recommended to help prevent the condition from returning. Some people respond to mobilization/manipulation therapy. As the condition improves, there is usually a slow return to normal activities. Recurrence of this condition is common.
If the condition does not respond to other forms of treatment and pain is not eliminated, surgical repair may be recommended. Tennis/Golfer's elbow is often a nagging or longstanding condition, sometimes requiring many months for healing to occur.