Elbow tendinopathy

Michael E. Pitzer, Peter Seidenberg, Dov Bader

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Abstract

Overuse injuries of the lateral and medial elbow are common in sport, recreational activities, and occupational endeavors. They are commonly diagnosed as lateral and medial epicondylitis; however, the pathophysiology of these disorders demonstrates a lack of inflammation. Instead, angiofibroblastic degeneration is present, referred to as tendinosis. As such, a more appropriate terminology for these conditions is epicondylosis. This is a clinical diagnosis, and further investigations are only performed to rule out other clinical entities after conventional therapy has failed. Yet, most patients respond to conservative measures with physical therapy and counterforce bracing. Corticosteroid injections are effective for short-term pain control but have not demonstrated long-term benefit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)833-849
Number of pages17
JournalMedical Clinics of North America
Volume98
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014

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  • Medicine(all)

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