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Phys Sportsmed. 2012 May;40(2):34-40. doi: 10.3810/psm.2012.05.1963.

A review of modern management of lateral epicondylitis.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI 02905, USA. steve_behrens@brown.edu

Abstract

Lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, is the most common cause of elbow pain. This degenerative condition can manifest as an acute process lasting < 3 months or a chronic process often refractory to treatment. Symptom resolution occurs in 70% to 80% of patients within the first year. A "watch-and-wait" approach can be an appropriate treatment option, although physical therapy has been shown to be an effective first-line therapy. Corticosteroids, while providing relief of pain in the acute setting, may be detrimental to recovery in the long term. Platelet-rich plasma injections, although recently well publicized, have not been proven by well-controlled clinical trials to be effective therapy. For patients with symptoms refractory to conservative management, surgical intervention has shown to be a successful treatment modality.

PMID:
22759604
DOI:
10.3810/psm.2012.05.1963
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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