Lateral epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

What is tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis?

Tennis Elbow or Lateral Epicondylitis is a common overuse injury which leads to irritation and small tears to the tendon connecting your forearm muscles to the outside of your elbow. This usually occurs in tendons which have some age related changes which reduces the quality of the tendon and predisposes it to injury. 

Lateral epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

What are the symptoms of lateral epicondylitis?

Lateral epicondylitis usually presents with pain as the most common symptom. There is usually associated tenderness on the outside of the Elbow. Patients may also notice a decrease in grip strength. 

How long can symptoms last?

Tennis elbow symptoms can last for up to 24 months. 

How do you treat lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)?

Lateral epicondylitis can usually be treated non operatively. This involves many modalities, such as:

For re-calcitrant cases lasting longer than 6-12 months, surgery may be indicated. Surgery can either be performed arthroscopically (keyhole) or open but usually involves debriding the pathological tendon insertion. This is a small, day only, procedure which provides good pain relief and return to normal function.

lateral epicondylitis

Medial epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)

What is golfer’s elbow or medial epicondylitis?

Golfer’s Elbow or Medial Epicondylitis is a common overuse injury which leads to irritation and small tears to the tendon connecting your forearm muscles to the inside of your elbow. This usually occurs in tendons which have some age related changes which reduces the quality of the tendon and predisposes it to injury. 

Lateral epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

What are the symptoms of medial epicondylitis?

Medial epicondylitis usually presents with pain as the most common symptom. There is usually associated tenderness on the inside of the Elbow. Patients may also notice a decrease in grip strength. Golfer’s elbow can be associated with nerve compression or ligament injury on the inner side of the elbow. 

medial epicondylitis can usually be treated non operatively. This involves many modalities, such as:

How do you treat medial epicondylitis (Golfer’s elbow)?

Lateral epicondylitis can usually be treated non operatively. This involves many modalities, such as:

For re-calcitrant cases lasting longer than 6-12 months, surgery may be indicated. Surgery usually involves debriding the pathological tendon insertion with associated nerve release. This is a small, day only, procedure which provides good pain relief and return to normal function. 

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