What is the goal of medication in the treatment of lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)?

Updated: Oct 30, 2018
  • Author: Bryant James Walrod, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Medical intervention is geared toward the joint goals of decreasing inflammation and providing analgesia. The major concern with all the drugs used is their effect on the gastrointestinal (GI) tract with long-term use. Renal function must also be monitored with long-term NSAID use. Long-term corticosteroids have a myriad of side effects, which are beyond the scope of this article.


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