Been lifting hard since then. No brace, no creams, no pain relievers, no holding back. My left arm that had the tennis elbow is just as strong and pain free as my right. Talk to your doctor and look into Astym and give it a try. My sports med doctor sent me to this treatment and it worked wonders for my tennis elbow.
I'm mostly over my case of tennis elbow (it will flair up once a month or so now). It took me a very long time to be able to workout pain free (~18 months). When i first hurt it I took 3 months off of upper body exercises as it was way to tender to do any exercises that were not legs and core.
I recently had a bout of tennis elbow. It's 90% healed now. Here's what I learned: Get a theraband flexbar and perform the prescribed exercises. Ice the elbow after each use for about 20 min. Relax your hands as much as possible while lifting. Don't unnecessarily squeeze the bar. Grip it firmly when needed, but do not squeeze.
Lateral epicondylosis (“tennis elbow”) is a common tendinopathy that has shown improvement following treatment utilizing isokinetic eccentric exercise. A novel exercise was developed for home-based eccentric exercise that has shown promise for use with patients with lateral epicondylosis.
Treatment. Tennis elbow often gets better on its own. But if over-the-counter pain medications and other self-care measures aren't helping, your doctor may suggest physical therapy. Severe cases of tennis elbow may require surgery. Therapy
massage, focused on the forearms instead of at the elbow. gua sha scraping, also focusing on the forearm -stretching. elbow compression sleeves, particularly when lifting. and ABSOLUTELY AVOIDING bending the elbow on any sort of straight-arm pulls (DLs, cleans)
In general, cortisone injections should be avoided. Surgery for the vast majority of you is not a necessary treatment for tennis elbow. It is very well known that for most this is a mild to moderate annoyance, and in the vast majority of people the pain will subside on its own.
Natural Treatment for Tennis Elbow #3… DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide): DMSO is an excellent topical treatment for tennis elbow. This substance is a powerful anti-inflammatory that goes to work fast and promotes rapid healing of inflamed muscles and joints. Mixed with a little cayenne pepper, DMSO is even stronger and more effective.