This article stresses upon the need for clinical suspicion and adequate assessment in refractory patients, to provide early functional improvement and pain relief.
Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is a painful condition of the the elbow. It arises from repetitive stress of the extensor muscles and tendons during repetitive movements of the forearm and the wrist.
Despite its name, this condition is more commonly associated with work related to repetitive elbow and wrist movements like washing clothes, wringing clothes, hammering and carpentry than in tennis players.
The condition in its early stages responds well to rest, ice packs, analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs.
However, later stages usually require intervention in the form of steroid injection and then surgical treatment.
At times, certain unusual conditions of the lateral aspect of the elbow can mimic or co-exist with a tennis elbow and can cause refractory pain.
Chronic Non-responsive Lateral Elbow Pain:
Here is a case report of such a condition in a young female who had chronic non-responsive lateral elbow pain.
This report describes an unusual cause of lateral elbow pain that could be missed during management of refractory tennis elbow.
This stresses the need for clinical suspicion and adequate assessment in such refractory patients, to provide early functional improvement and pain relief.
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07 Sep 2018 - 1 min read
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