You should see your GP in the first instance, who is likely to refer you to a specialist rheumatologist for pain management, or possibly an orthopaedic surgeon if surgery is required. As part of your diagnosis, imaging tests (such as an X-ray or MRI) may be required.
The relevant specialist will coordinate your care, which may involve:
- physical therapies, including rest, ice, ultrasound and massage
- accupuncture laser therapy (this aims to stimulate the release of serotonin and endorphins, resulting in pain relief and improved mood, sometimes negating the need for taking NSAIDs)
- splints and other support for the elbow
If no improvement is seen in the patient’s elbow pain, then the following treatments may be required: