how is epicondylitis treated

how is epicondylitis treated?

  • • Counterforce brace or strap placed 10 cm distal to the joint line.
  • • Local corticosteroid injection (controversial): many experts feel that epicondylitis is a degenerative tendinopathy and not an inflammatory lesion; studies suggest that steroid injections help symptoms in the short term but actually make long-term recovery worse.
  • • Occasionally, splinting the wrist to prevent flexion and extension can help ( caution: the splint should be removed two to three times a day to allow wrist movement).
  • • Less than 5% to 10% will need surgical debridement after 6 months of conservative therapy.

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