Elbow pain is very frustrating and difficult to get better. Icing is one of the best things you can do at home to help improve your elbow pain. Many people think icing once or twice a day will do it. But people who ice more often do better than people who ice less. Three times a day is good, five is better, and ten is fantastic.
Tennis elbow and Golfers elbow are injuries to the tendons that control wrist extension and wrist flexion. These tendons are under constant stress and strain from upper extremity movements. When the tendons become painful, several good days of icing can take care of small injuries.
Moderate or severe lateral epicondylitis or medial epicondylitis require active physical therapy treatments. Specific exercises and stretches are given for injury, which is combined with specific muscle therapies. Deep massage muscle therapy and Graston Technique enhance elbow treatments and recoveries, especially in people who have chronic pain.
The more aggressive muscle treatments can also produce tenderness or bruising. Icing the tendons and muscles after treatment reduces the potential for soreness. Place the ice pack on your elbow for 15 minutes. Then take the ice pack off for 15 minutes. This process can be repeated multiple times a day. Ice is your friend!