Nonsurgical Treatments

Nonsurgical Orthopedic Treatments for Elbow Pain

When experiencing elbow pain, the first line of treatment is to stop doing any activities that cause elbow pain to increase. Taking pain medication or an anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen can help ease mild pain and inflammation. Ice can also help reduce swelling and pain. Patients should put an ice pack on the injured part of the elbow for 15 minutes at a time, several times a day.

Immobilization & Rest

A doctor may also recommend using a brace. A brace forces the elbow to remain immobile, speeding up the healing process. Patients should avoid lifting anything with that arm and move the elbow as little as possible.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy will help improve the flexibility and strength of the forearm muscles as well as improve blood flow to the tendons. The MOS physical therapy team will use numerous techniques to help a patient overcome the cause of the pain or the effect of the injury.

Physical therapy can be used as an initial treatment or may be recommended post-surgery to regain movement and strength.


Another treatment option we consider before moving to surgery is an injection. There are two main options for injections for elbow pain we offer.

  • Cortisone injections: Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication that helps control inflammation.

Schedule an appointment at Muir Orthopaedic Specialists today for assistance with an elbow condition.