Lateral Epicondylitis: Critical Analysis Review of Current Nonoperative Treatments

Erick M. Marigi, Malik Dancy, Andrew Alexander, Ian M. Marigi, Julian Clark, Aaron J. Krych, Christopher L. Camp, Kelechi R. Okoroha

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»Lateral epicondylitis (LE) or tennis elbow is a common cause of elbow pain in the general population, especially women in the fourth and fifth decades of life who participate in repetitive forceful movements involving the wrist and forearm.»The pathogenesis of this overuse injury is believed to start from an overload event leading to a microtear in or near the origin of the extensor carpi radialis brevis that is subsequently prone to additional injury and structural weakness over time.»Treatment of LE often begins with a wide variety of nonoperative modalities including rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, bracing, and physical therapy. For recalcitrant symptoms, additional nonoperative therapies are implemented; however, there remains a lack of comparative efficacy between these adjunct treatments.»In this article, we examine the available literature regarding nonoperative management of LE and provide supplementary insight into the effectiveness of current modalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere22.00170
JournalJBJS reviews
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 17 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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