Medial Epicondylitis Follow-up

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Craig C Young, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Follow-up

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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.

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Complications

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

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Prevention

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.

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Prognosis

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]

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Education

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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