Acute and chronic tendinopathies at the elbow

Curr Opin Rheumatol. 1999 Mar;11(2):138-43. doi: 10.1097/00002281-199903000-00010.


Chronic elbow tendinitis (medial or lateral epicondylitis and triceps tendinitis) are common disorders that, overall, have a good prognosis but, even with optimum management, require a minimum of 3 to 6 months to resolve. Patient education, activity modification, splinting, and corticosteroid injections each serve a role in symptom resolution; surgery is required in less than 10% of cases and has a similarly long period (3 to 6 months) of recovery. Acute tendon injuries (biceps and triceps ruptures) require early (< 4 weeks) surgical repair but may be misdiagnosed, thus delaying management and requiring more involved surgical reconstruction. With appropriate treatment, the prognosis for each of these disorders is very good.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Chronic Disease
  • Humans
  • Radiography
  • Tendinopathy / diagnostic imaging
  • Tendinopathy / physiopathology
  • Tendinopathy / surgery
  • Tennis Elbow* / diagnostic imaging
  • Tennis Elbow* / physiopathology
  • Tennis Elbow* / surgery