Self-management

Lifestyle and home remedies

Your doctor may recommend the following self-care measures:

  • Rest. Avoid activities that aggravate your elbow pain.
  • Pain relievers. Try over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or naproxen (Aleve).
  • Ice. Apply ice or a cold pack for 15 minutes three to four times a day.
  • Technique. Make sure that you are using proper technique for your activities and avoiding repetitive wrist motions.
June 15, 2016
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