Diagnosis and treatment of medial epicondylitis of the elbow

Clin Sports Med. 2004 Oct;23(4):693-705, xi. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2004.04.011.


Although limited literature exists on medial epicondylitis of the elbow, this disorder is an injury affecting many athletes at every level, especially throwing athletes. Care must be taken in diagnosing medial epicondylitis to distinguish it from other possible pathologies of the medial elbow, which may exist concurrently. The large majority of patients diagnosed with medial epicondylitis will respond to a well-structured, nonsurgical program; however, patients with persistent or recurring symptoms can be treated surgically, which yields high patient satisfaction and ultimately a reliable return to preinjury levels of activity.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Athletic Injuries / physiopathology
  • Athletic Injuries / therapy*
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Humans
  • Orthopedic Procedures / methods
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • Recovery of Function
  • Sports Medicine / methods
  • Tennis Elbow / diagnosis*
  • Tennis Elbow / therapy*