'Lateral elbow tendinopathy' is the most appropriate diagnostic term for the condition commonly referred-to as lateral epicondylitis

Med Hypotheses. 2006;67(6):1400-2. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2006.05.048. Epub 2006 Jul 14.


A plethora of terms that have been used to describe lateral epicondylitis including tennis elbow (TE), epicondylalgia, tendonitis, tendinosis and tendinopathy. These terms usually have the prefix extensor or lateral elbow. Lateral elbow tendinopathy seems to be the most appropriate term to use in clinical practice because other terms make reference to inappropriate aetiological, anatomical and pathophysiological terms. The correct diagnostic term is important for the right treatment.

MeSH terms

  • Elbow / anatomy & histology
  • Humans
  • Models, Biological*
  • Tendinopathy / diagnosis*
  • Tendinopathy / physiopathology
  • Tendinopathy / therapy
  • Tennis Elbow / physiopathology*
  • Tennis Elbow / therapy