To lessen pain and swelling, doctors sometimes prescribe cortisone shots to patients with golfer's elbow, according to Mayo Clinic. This is typically done only if over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen, naproxen and acetaminophen are not sufficient.
Treatment for golfer's elbow also includes resting and icing the area. As long a patient is in pain, activities that stress the affected area should be avoided, states Mayo Clinic. For several days after pain develops, the region should be iced at least three times a day for 15 to 20 minutes. A doctor or physical or occupational therapist sometimes recommends strengthening and flexibility exercises. In addition, before returning to sports, patients should consult instructors about their golf or tennis forms to try to prevent recurrence.