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The management of tennis elbow

John Orchard and Alex Kountouris
BMJ: British Medical Journal
Vol. 342, No. 7808 (28 May 2011), pp. 1199-1202
Published by: BMJ
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23049644
Page Count: 4
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Abstract

SUMMARY POINTS Tennis elbow is a tendinopathy of the common extensor origin of the lateral elbow Cortisone injections are harmful in the longer term and are no longer recommended in most cases Rehabilitation (exercise) based treatment is helpful, but to be effective patients must usually remove tendon overload Further research is needed on newer (minimally invasive) treatments, such as platelet-rich plasma injections, hyaluronan gel injections, and nitrate patches Reserve surgery and botulinum toxin injections for the worst cases because patients can take six months to return to full function Many cases oftennis elbow cases will naturally resolve in 6-12 months

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