Lateral Elbow Tendinopathy

Abstract

Lateral elbow tendinopathy is a common tendinopathy with a characteristic patient presentation but a poorly understood pathophysiology and treatment rationale. Many nonsurgical and surgical modalities have been described for the treatment of lateral elbow tendinopathy, but recent evidence suggests that this is a self-limited disease that should initially be treated supportively. For patients who fail nonsurgical treatment, percutaneous, open, and arthroscopic surgeries have been described. Despite the evidence for eventual resolution, the functional impairment of patients with lateral elbow tendinopathy can be substantial, and an understanding of the options for treatment is critical for patient care and education.

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