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Open Access J Sports Med. 2011 Jun 8;2:53-9. doi: 10.2147/OAJSM.S10310. eCollection 2011.

Management of tennis elbow.

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Arthritis research UK Primary Care Centre, Primary Care Sciences, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, UK.

Abstract

CLINICAL QUESTION:

What is the best treatment for tennis elbow?

RESULTS:

Despite a wealth of research, there is no true consensus on the most efficacious management of tennis elbow especially for effective long-term outcomes. Corticosteroid injections do show large pain-relieving effects in the short term but are associated with risks of adverse events and long-term reoccurrence. Advice with a "wait and see" approach is recommended as the first-line treatment in primary care for most cases. In the medium term physiotherapy and or low-level laser therapy may be effective.

IMPLEMENTATION:

Rule out alternative diagnosis. Onward referral may be indicated if the condition does not resolve after 12 months.

KEYWORDS:

corticosteroids; laser therapy; physiotherapy; tennis elbow

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