When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor immediately if you had an injury to your elbow and:
- You have severe elbow pain.
cannot move your elbow normally.
- Your elbow looks
- Your elbow begins to swell within 30 minutes of the
- You have signs of damage to the nerves or blood vessels.
- Numbness, tingling, or a "pins-and-needles"
sensation below the injury.
- Pale or bluish skin.
injured arm feeling colder to the touch than the uninjured one.
Call your doctor if you have:
- Pain when grasping, twisting, or lifting
- Work-related problems caused by your elbow
- Elbow pain after 2 weeks of home treatment or if treatment is
making your elbow pain worse.
Watchful waiting is when you and your doctor
watch your symptoms to see if your health improves on its own. If it does, no
treatment is needed. If your symptoms don't get better or they get worse,
then it's time to take the next treatment step.
often helps mild
tennis elbow pain. You may want to try resting the
elbow and applying ice or heat several times a day for 1 to 2 weeks before you call your
Who to see
For evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment of
tennis elbow, you may see:
You may be referred to a:
- Physical therapist (for stretching and
- Tennis or other sports instructor (for
training in sports).
- Specialist in job-related safety or ergonomics
(for work-related activities).
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
January 10, 2013
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