Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Lateral Epicondylitis Follow-up

Updated: Sep 16, 2019
  • Author: John W Hawkins, DO; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Follow-up

Deterrence/Prevention

To avoid a recurrence of lateral epicondylitis, the etiology of the condition must be considered. Job modifications may be necessary and may be facilitated by a job site evaluation. Investigation into avocational activities also is necessary, because contributing factors to this condition may be identified. In addition, adherence to a home exercise program is important in preventing a recurrence of lateral epicondylitis.

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Prognosis

Patients who present acutely (< 3 mo) generally respond well to treatment. Chronic cases that are refractory to treatment may take months to resolve.

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Patient Education

Education regarding the proper use of tools, good body mechanics, and the importance of flexibility and strength of the involved musculature should be emphasized to the patient.

For excellent patient education resources, see eMedicineHealth's patient education articles Tennis Elbow, Repetitive Motion Injuries, and Sprains and Strains.

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