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Pain - elbow
In adults, the following steps can help treat many cases of elbow pain:
Nursemaid's elbow can be treated in a doctor's office or emergency room.
Contact your doctor if:
Your doctor will perform a physical examination, including a thorough examination of the elbow, and ask questions such as:
For chronic tennis elbow, physical therapy can be used to stretch the affected muscles and tendons. Your doctor may prescribe a pain reliever and a corticosteroid injection into the painful area. Usually no more than three such injections are performed. Surgery is the last resort.
For arthritis, physical therapy and analgesics may help. For infections, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics.
For bursitis, your doctor may need to drain the fluid and give you antibiotics.
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