Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) Follow-up

Updated: Mar 08, 2021
  • Author: Bryant James Walrod, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Return to Play

Gradual return to play is recommended, with an emphasis on the patient employing improved form to avoid aggravating activities and techniques. The athlete should be able to perform pain-free ROM activities. Continued attention should be placed on a strengthening and conditioning program.



Attention to proper form and technique will decrease the risk of developing tendinosis of the lateral elbow extensor muscles. Other preventive strategies include the following:

  • Proper equipment (ie, size and weight of racquet, size of grip, dry balls)
  • Improved conditioning, improved core strength
  • Gradual increase in intensity and duration of activity