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Medial Epicondylitis Follow-up

  • Author: Craig C Young, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
Updated: Apr 19, 2016

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Athletes with medial epicondylitis may return to activities, as limited by their symptoms. Because many athletes tend to ignore pain during activity, the physician should create a strict activity regimen. In general, athletes should start with noncompetitive activities such as rallying or practice.



Rarely, chronic medial epicondylitis may be related to an increased risk of muscle rupture.[1]



The most important preventive measure for medial epicondylitis is proper technique and equipment usage. Athletes should warm up adequately with a series of slowly increasing activities before sports competition. Athletes should stretch to maintain flexibility after finishing their sporting activity.



The duration of the patient's symptoms is related to the length of time before the athlete receives treatment. Those athletes who delay treatment tend to have a slower recovery course.[1]



Educate athletes about the importance of forearm strengthening and stretching, appropriate training volume and intensity, proper technique, and equipment selection to decrease the risk of future injury.

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Craig C Young, MD Professor, Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Community and Family Medicine, Medical Director of Sports Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin

Craig C Young, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, Phi Beta Kappa

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Craig C Young, MD Professor, Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Community and Family Medicine, Medical Director of Sports Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin

Craig C Young, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, Phi Beta Kappa

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Anthony J Saglimbeni, MD President, South Bay Sports and Preventive Medicine Associates; Private Practice; Team Internist, San Francisco Giants; Team Internist, West Valley College; Team Physician, Bellarmine College Prep; Team Physician, Presentation High School; Team Physician, Santa Clara University; Consultant, University of San Francisco, Academy of Art University, Skyline College, Foothill College, De Anza College

Anthony J Saglimbeni, MD is a member of the following medical societies: California Medical Association, Santa Clara County Medical Association, Monterey County Medical Society

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