Medial Epicondylitis Questions & Answers

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Craig C Young, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is medial epicondylitis?

What patient education resources are available on medial epicondylitis?

How common is medial epicondylitis in the US?

What is the functional anatomy of the medial epicondyle?

What are the sport-specific biomechanics of medial epicondylitis?

Presentation

What is the clinical history of medial epicondylitis?

What are the physical exam findings in medial epicondylitis?

What causes medial epicondylitis?

DDX

What are the differential diagnoses for Medial Epicondylitis?

Workup

Which imaging studies are indicated in the workup of medial epicondylitis?

Treatment

What is the role of physical therapy in the treatment of acute medial epicondylitis?

What is the initial treatment goal in medial epicondylitis?

How is ice used in the treatment of acute medial epicondylitis?

What is the role of elbow braces in the treatment of acute medial epicondylitis?

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of medial epicondylitis?

Which injection therapies are used in the treatment of medial epicondylitis?

What is the role of physical therapy in the treatment of medial epicondylitis?

What is the role of occupational therapy in the treatment of medial epicondylitis?

When is surgical intervention indicated in the treatment of medial epicondylitis?

What is the role of self-directed physical therapy in the maintenance phase of treatment for medial epicondylitis?

Medications

What is the goal of drug therapy in the treatment of medial epicondylitis?

Which medications in the drug class Nitric oxide modulators are used in the treatment of Medial Epicondylitis?

Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Medial Epicondylitis?

Which medications in the drug class Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are used in the treatment of Medial Epicondylitis?

Follow-up

When can athletes with medial epicondylitis return to their activities?

What are the complications of chronic medial epicondylitis?

How is medial epicondylitis prevented?

What is the prognosis of medial epicondylitis?

What education should be provided to patients with medial epicondylitis?