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2023 Feb

Bone Joint J



Is it time to reconsider the indications for surgery in patients with tennis elbow?


Karjalainen T, Buchbinder R
Bone Joint J. 2023 Feb; 105-B(2):109-111.
PMID: 36722063.


Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis or lateral elbow tendinopathy) is a self-limiting condition in most patients. Surgery is often offered to patients who fail to improve with conservative treatment. However, there is no evidence to support the superiority of surgery over continued nonoperative care or no treatment. New evidence also suggests that the prognosis of tennis elbow is not influenced by the duration of symptoms, and that there is a 50% probability of recovery every three to four months. This finding challenges the belief that failed nonoperative care is an indication for surgery. In this annotation, we discuss the clinical and research implications of the benign clinical course of tennis elbow.Cite this article:  2023;105-B(2):109-111.