When to Avoid Heat or Ice on Tennis Elbow Heat or ice is important to prevent pain or additional injury for chronic tennis elbow. Ice is always best to control inflammation. However, you should never ice your elbow before participating in activities that could cause a flare-up. Instead, you should wait to put ice on tennis elbow after your activity so that you prevent possible re-injury or additional inflammation.
Ice or heat for tennis elbow is a great short-term way to treat the symptoms of lateral epicondylitis and allow you to participate fully in your normal day to day activities or sports. Find out how to use hot and cold therapy to treat pain, stiffness, and swelling that results from tennis elbow.
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When it comes to using ice and heat for treating elbow tendon pain, it's important to keep in mind that both ice AND heat are very effective ways to relieve pain and heal. Most people will think one is better over the other from their own experience or what a doctor / physical therapist has previously told them.
When dealing with pain from medial or lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow or golfer's elbow) it's hard to know what treatment will work best for you. You might be wondering if ice and heat will work for you. Or maybe even which will work better - ice OR heat. Ice and heat are essentially the 2 most natural treatment options available. Compared to medications, surgery and other treatment methods - icing and heating have been around for centuries and have always been used for tennis elbow and ...
Should you use ice or heat to treat your Tennis Elbow? (Or Golfer's Elbow?) - Here's why you should consider using heat - Or at least stop the constant icing! "What about the inflammation!?" you're probably wondering... All the medical websites and authorities say I should ice my Tennis Elbow to reduce inflammation! Could they all be wrong?
The Treatment Method. Start by running a wash rag under hot water for several seconds and then ringing it out. Apply the rag to your elbow for several minutes, at least as long as it takes for the rag to run out of heat. Repeat this process three or four times to slowly acclimate your elbow to heat. After about five minutes, you should put your rag away, wipe off your elbow, and prepare to utilize a heating pad. While you are warming your elbow with a rag, turn on a heat pad to about 105-110 ...