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Tennis elbow.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2373949     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The term "tennis elbow" has been used in the medical literature for over 100 years to describe a variety of conditions on the lateral aspect of the elbow. Recent writers seem to agree that the two most common causes for this condition, which may be either distinct or coexisting, are lateral epicondylitis and radial tunnel syndrome. Lateral epicondylitis is not limited to tennis players; 95% of the reported cases occur in non-players. The presenting symptoms are pain over the origin of the extensor carpi radialis brevis and weakness in the wrist and digital extensors. The location of maximal tenderness differentiates lateral epicondylitis from other conditions. A variety of treatments has been suggested, but the most successful is conservative treatment with rest, restriction of lifting with the palms down, anti-inflammatories and local applications of ice. Once the acute inflammatory phase has passed, a flexibility and strengthening program is recommended. Steroid injection may be utilized at this stage if the discomfort has not been reduced. In a small percentage of cases, surgery may be required.
R C Burgess
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Kentucky Medical Association     Volume:  88     ISSN:  0023-0294     ISO Abbreviation:  J Ky Med Assoc     Publication Date:  1990 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-08-27     Completed Date:  1990-08-27     Revised Date:  2005-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505615     Medline TA:  J Ky Med Assoc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  349-54     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, University of Kentucky, Lexington 40536.
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MeSH Terms
Diagnosis, Differential
Exercise Therapy
Manipulation, Orthopedic
Physical Therapy Modalities
Tennis Elbow / diagnosis,  etiology,  therapy*

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