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What does pain in the elbows indicate?

I have been having elbow pain for most of the past 5 months. It was originally diagnosed as tennis elbow and I went to physical therapy for a couple of weeks. It improved somewhat but did not completely go away. About a month later I had a cortisone shot that resulted in marked improvement; however, after 2-3 weeks the pain returned. It has done nothing since except get worse. It is difficult to pick up anything with my right hand and/or use it too much for anything. Could it still be the tennis elbow or are there other possibilities?
Fri, 22 Jun 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service.
I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.
Elbow pain is probably due to overuse.
Some advice that I can give to you are:
-Ice the elbow to reduce pain and swelling.
-Use an elbow strap to protect the injured tendon from further strain.
-Take anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin, to help with pain and swelling.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

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