What anti inflammatory is used for medial epicondylitis?

Answered by Willie Powers

When it comes to treating medial epicondylitis, also known as golfer’s elbow, anti-inflammatory medications are often recommended to help reduce pain and inflammation. One commonly used class of medications is nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These medications work by blocking the production of certain chemicals in the body that cause pain and inflammation.

Ibuprofen, which is available over-the-counter under brand names such as Motrin® or Advil®, is a commonly recommended NSAID for treating medial epicondylitis. It can help alleviate pain and reduce inflammation in the affected area. It is important to follow the recommended dosage instructions provided by your healthcare provider or as indicated on the packaging.

Another NSAID that may be recommended is naproxen, which is available over-the-counter as Aleve®. Naproxen can also help relieve pain and reduce inflammation associated with medial epicondylitis. Like ibuprofen, it is important to follow the recommended dosage instructions.

In addition to NSAIDs, your healthcare provider may also recommend acetaminophen, which is commonly known as Tylenol®. Although acetaminophen is not an anti-inflammatory medication, it can help relieve pain associated with medial epicondylitis. It works by reducing the brain’s perception of pain, rather than directly targeting inflammation.

It is important to note that while these medications can provide temporary relief from pain and inflammation, they do not address the underlying cause of medial epicondylitis. Therefore, it is advisable to also incorporate other treatment modalities, such as rest, physical therapy, and strengthening exercises, into your overall treatment plan.

It is always best to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new medication, as they can provide personalized recommendations based on your specific condition and medical history. They can also advise on the proper dosage and duration of anti-inflammatory medication use to ensure safe and effective management of medial epicondylitis.

In my personal experience, I have found that a combination of rest, physical therapy exercises, and the use of anti-inflammatory medications can be beneficial in managing the pain and inflammation associated with medial epicondylitis. However, it is important to follow the guidance of a healthcare professional and to be mindful of any potential side effects or interactions with other medications you may be taking.