Tennis elbow manifests itself as a pain felt in the outer regions of your elbow. The pain lasts for a long time. A short period of rest seems to take care of the problem that primarily affects the connective tissues in the elbow and is therefore the most commonly recommended tennis elbow treatment.
But this is only a temporary respite from the problem which may recur after a couple of hours if you do not provide a specific tennis elbow treatment to control the pain. The primary cause of the condition known as tennis elbow is because the tendons that are attached to the elbow joint become inflamed due to the excessive stress that is placed on them while using the elbow joint in some repeated physical activities.
The tendons are connective tissues that connect the bones to the muscles that support and aid in their functioning. Sometimes the muscles in the elbow joint lose their tensile strength due to excessive use or a sudden stress as a part of extreme physical activity. This results in an inordinate stress on the tendons associated with the elbow and can cause pain and swelling in these tissues. Treatment tennis elbow is limited to a course of non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs and gels that can be applied locally to reduce the pain felt in the joint.
A cold compress held against the elbow joint is the best tennis elbow treatment as this brings about an immediate contraction in the connective tissues present in the elbow joint and eliminates the pain. The cold compress must be held tightly against the joint for immediate relief from the symptoms of tennis elbow. You can secure the cold compress with a cloth or a bandage so that the pressure applied to the affected area is constant. Do not move the ice pack around the area as this may sometimes aggravate the injury in the tendons attached to the elbow joint.
If there is a recurrence of the pain in the elbow, you must consult a medical practitioner who might recommend hydrotherapy sessions to eliminate the root cause of the pain. Hydrotherapy is a specialized course of tennis elbow treatment and therapy in which controlled jets of pressurized water is directed at the affected joint. This water acts a gentle healing agent and promotes the rate of cell repair in the affected tendons. If possible you should completely rest your elbow while undergoing the therapies as a part of the treatment.