I was completely incapacitated from bilateral tennis elbow for over 2 years. Eventually I had to take 3 weeks off of work to rest it and the pain only got worse. I tried 2 orthopaedists, physical therapy, natural medicine, a gluten free diet, massage, chiropractic, supplements (fish oil, glucosamine, Vitamins C, D,and E, magnesium, and calcium.
Still, in some cases, tennis elbow can last for up to two years, even when you keep up with your treatment regimen. To ensure the injury doesn’t flare up again, you may need to take preventative steps, such as learning a new way to do an activity.
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Cigna also says 6-12 months, but in some cases, 2 + years! "...it may take 6 to 12 months for the tendon to heal. In some cases, the pain lasts for 2 years or longer." — Cigna; Patient.info similarly claims 6 months to 2 years! "For most people, Tennis Elbow lasts between six months and two years. Most people are better in less than one year.
I've had a tennis elbow injury now for 2-3 years. Sometimes it is just a dull ache. Sometimes I can barely use a mouse or even sleep. Normally it is somewhere in the middle. Lately, I've just been trying to ignore it, but that (not surprisingly) hasn't helped either. I work in IT and train in martial arts twice a week.
Though symptoms can last for as long as two years (even with treatment) and can come back in the future. Most common symptoms People with tennis elbow have pain around the outside edge of their elbow.
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Factors that may increase your risk of tennis elbow include: Age. While tennis elbow affects people of all ages, it's most common in adults between the ages of 30 and 50. Occupation. People who have jobs that involve repetitive motions of the wrist and arm are more likely to develop tennis elbow.
For most people, tennis elbow usually takes between six months and two years to heal. Additionally, there is a very less chance that tennis elbow may return after recovery. The acute phase of tennis elbow takes around 3 weeks or less to recover, whereas recovery of the chronic cases of tennis elbow takes more than 4 weeks.
Posted October 11, 2009. I'm going on two years. I'm 60 and my first episode with tennis elbow (left arm) started 2 years ago and last 1.5 years. Just when it pretty much was over it started in my right arm. I've tried many things and it seems there isn't much lasting effect and it sems like it has to run it's course.