Living with elbow pain

It is important to know that most common causes of elbow pain get better naturally over time. Be patient though as this can take several months. 

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Adjusting your activities to deal with elbow pain can help with pain

How to adjust your activities with elbow pain

The natural reaction when in pain is to completely stop activities that aggravate the symptoms. It is much better to continue to use your elbow, just try to adjust how you do things to make it more comfortable. This may mean doing jobs in short bursts with regular breaks rather all in one go.

Sometimes wearing a brace can help reduce pain if you have tennis or golfer’s elbow. If the pain is more severe try to avoid strenuous activity but take simple painkillers like paracetamol. Make sure to keep the elbow moving to prevent it from stiffening up.

When to seek professional help for elbow pain?

If the pain is not settling after a few weeks, make an appointment to see your GP or physiotherapist. They will be able to assess the cause of your elbow pain and advise on how best to deal with it.