The management approach of tennis elbow (TE), also known as Lateral Epicondyle Tendinopathy, is adapted from the general principals of tendinopathy rehabilitation. For the benefit of achieving long term goals and to meet individual's needs, rehabilitation should be a multi-modal perspective.
The most common approach to tennis elbow repair is open surgery. This involves making an incision over the elbow. Open surgery is usually performed as an outpatient surgery. It rarely requires an overnight stay at the hospital. Arthroscopic surgery. Tennis elbow can also be repaired using tiny instruments and small incisions. Like open surgery, this is a same-day or outpatient procedure.
Introduction to the Lateral Epicondyle Tendinopathy (Tennis Elbow) Toolkit [edit | edit source]. The Lateral Epicondyle Tendinopathy Toolkit is an evidence informed clinical decision making aid to provide clinicians with information (both evidence-informed and expert-informed) to facilitate clinical decision-making regarding the management of tendinopathy of the lateral epicondyle or "Tennis ...
Medicines management can include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory analgesia and intra-articular corticosteroid injections. Patients may find sleeves or compression bandages useful for comfort. There is a paucity of literature regarding physiotherapy management of elbow OA.
Seven to ten days after the operation, the splint and skin sutures are removed. At this point the physical therapy can start. The beginning of the treatment is characterized by gentle passive and active hand, wrist and elbow exercises. 3 to 4 weeks later gentle isometrics can be done and at 6 weeks the patient can start with more resistive exercises.
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT or SW) is a mechanotherapy (high-energy electromagnetic waves) that has recently become popularized for the management of musculoskeletal disorders. It is most frequently applied for the treatment of tendinopathies. ESWT is of interest to clinicians for two reasons.