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Treatment of Tennis Elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)

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ATOS Clinic Munich

9.5/10
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Department of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

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2262.3
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
9645.85

Vitos Orthopedic Clinic Kassel

9.2/10
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Department of Adult and Pediatric General Orthopedics, Trauma Surgery

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1860.65
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
7231.6

University Hospital Heidelberg

9.8/10
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Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, Traumatology

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Charite University Hospital Berlin

9/10
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Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, Traumatology

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Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
2591.45
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
10528.9

University Hospital Würzburg

9.2/10
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Department of Traumatology, Hand Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
1844.7
Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
1840.35
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
7383.85

University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

9.1/10
location_onGermany, Dresden

Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, Trauma Surgery, Foot Surgery

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2269.55
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
9393.55

University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10
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Department of General Orthopedics and Orthopedic Oncology

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1862.1
Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
2004.2
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
7373.7

University Hospital Marburg UKGM

8.6/10
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Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology

The University Hospital Marburg UKGM offers patients modern diagnostics and comprehensive therapy at the international level. As a maximum care hospital, the medical facility specializes in all fields of modern medicine ranging from ophthalmology to traumatology and dentistry. The main areas of specialization of the hospital are
Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
1801.2
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
6809.65

University Hospital Giessen UKGM

9.5/10
location_onGermany, Giessen

Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, Orthopedic Surgery

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Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
1753.35
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
6770.5

University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Hamburg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf ranks among the top ten hospitals in Germany! Since its foundation in 1889, the hospital has taken a leading position in the European medical arena and still occupies it until today. A highly competent medical team of more than 11,000 employees takes care
Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
2271
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
9187.65

University Hospital Saarland Homburg

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Homburg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, Orthopedic Surgery

The University Hospital Saarland Homburg is the largest hospital in the city of Homburg and the most important medical facility in the region. The hospital, which currently has 30 specialized departments and 20 institutes, was founded in 1947 and operates on the basis of the Saarland University. The hospital plays a leading role
Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
1764.95
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
6754.55

University Hospital Erlangen

9.1/10
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Department of Adult and Pediatric Trauma Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery

According to the Focus magazine, University Hospital Erlangen ranks among the best medical facilities in Germany! The hospital is one of the leading healthcare facilities in Bavaria and offers top-class medical care distinguished by the close intertwining of clinical activities with research and training of medical students. The
Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
1966.5
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
7737.65

University Orthopedic Hospital Hannover-Annastift MHH

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Hannover

Department of Shoulder and Knee Surgery, Sports Orthopedics

As an academic hospital at the Hanover Medical School, the University Orthopedic Hospital Hannover-Annastift MHH offers a first-class medical care corresponding to the highest level of university medicine. The hospital is fitted out with the advanced medical equipment, an innovative X-ray unit, five modern operating rooms and th
Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
1946.2
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
7744.9

University Hospital Oldenburg

10/10
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Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, Trauma Surgery

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Oldenburg ranks among the best medical facilities in Germany! The hospital offers a wide range of medical services that meet the highest medical standards. The hospital has 832 beds. The medical facility annually serves 37,000 patients on an inpatient and partially inpatie
Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
1688.1
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
6384.8

Rambam Health Care Campus Haifa

9.8/10
location_onIsrael, Haifa

Department of Orthopedic Surgery

The Rambam Health Care Campus Haifa is the largest and the most progressive hospital in Northern Israel. The medical center was founded in 1938 and nowadays is proud of its long history, rich and successful experience in providing comprehensive medical services in all medical fields. The hospital serves more than 2 million local
Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
1713.9
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
9503.3

Primus Super Speciality Hospital New Delhi

9/10
location_onIndia, New Delhi

Department of Orthopedics

The Primus Super Speciality Hospital New Delhi is a modern medical facility, which is distinguished by extremely high quality and standards of medical service. The hospital is located in the heart of New Delhi, in the capital of India. During its design and construction, the most advanced medical technologies from around the wor
Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
1808.15
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
9001.6
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Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis of the shoulder) is a fatigue-related injury that was first reported in tennis players. In most cases, the condition is caused by physical labor. The pathology is manifested by chronic pain, and, if left untreated, leads to the disability of the patient. A timely and high-quality surgical procedure allows the patient to get rid of the pain once and for all, enabling them to return to physical labor or sports within a few weeks after surgical treatment.

Content

  1. What is tennis elbow?
  2. Why does the elbow hurt in a patient suffering from shoulder epicondylitis?
  3. How is the diagnosis established?
  4. Conservative treatment
  5. Cell therapy
  6. Surgery for tennis elbow
  7. Open surgery
  8. Arthroscopy for tennis elbow
  9. Why is it worth undergoing treatment in Germany?

What is tennis elbow?

 

Lateral epicondylitis of the shoulder (tennis elbow) is the most common cause of chronic elbow pain. It is an inflammation of the extensor tendon of the hand, which occurs in the area of ​​​​attachment to the external (lateral) shoulder epicondyle. Although the disease is called tennis elbow, in most cases the pathology has nothing to do with tennis. The condition affects mainly manual workers. In 90% of cases, this is caused by prolonged micro traumatization of the tendon due to repetitive movements. In 10% of cases, tennis elbow is caused by injuries.

Tennis elbow mostly develops in activities from: joiners, packers, plasterers, masons, locksmiths, and construction workers. For tennis, this disease is also characteristic, but the proportion of people involved in this sport among the total number of patients is negligible.

The term "tennis elbow" was first used by H.P. Morris in 1882, drawing attention to the pain syndrome that tennis players suffer from. This is a common pathology that affects up to 4% of the male population aged 35 to 50 years.

The person's dominant hand, usually the right hand, is affected. Symptoms develop gradually, progressing over months and years. The dominant symptom is elbow pain. It intensifies when the hand is extended with resistance. In the advanced stages of the disease, it becomes difficult for the patient to perform even simple actions: hold a pen, raise a cup, or open jars.

Why does the elbow hurt in a patient suffering from shoulder epicondylitis?

 

For most people, the word shoulder is associated with the shoulder joint. In fact, the shoulder as an anatomical region, is the part of the arm located between the shoulder and elbow joints. This is the site where the humerus is located.

In the lower part, where the shoulder ends and the elbow joint begins, there are two epicondyles – bony protrusions. One of them is medial, the other is lateral. The lateral one is injured five times more often. Chronic pain in this area due to the tendon micro traumatization, is called lateral epicondylitis of the shoulder, or tennis elbow. Some people also develop medial epicondylitis of the shoulder and this is called golfer's elbow.

Thus, although the pain is not localized in the shoulder, but in the elbow, the disease is called shoulder epicondylitis. This is due to the fact that the pain syndrome is caused by an injury to the site of attachment of the tendon to the lower part of the humerus.

How is the diagnosis established?

 

Although pathological changes to the site of attachment of the tendons to the lateral epicondyle of the shoulder can be detected by an ultrasound or MRI scans, these diagnostic methods are usually not required. The diagnosis can be established even with the use of clinical methods. The criteria for lateral epicondylitis of the shoulder are:

  1. Pain in the lateral part of the elbow, lasting one day or more, in the last seven days. 
  2. Pain on palpation of the outer part of the elbow joint. 
  3. Intensification or appearance of pain in the outer part of the elbow with active extension of the hand with resistance. 

Imaging techniques can detect inflamed areas of the tendon and the site of attachment to the bone. Sometimes calcifications can be found in the tendon.

Conservative treatment

 

For the treatment of tennis elbow, most patients receive conservative therapy. Patients are advised to rest for several weeks, and preferably for several months. To relieve pain, doctors use the following methods:

  • nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs; 
  • blocks with local anesthetics; 
  • injections of glucocorticoids at the point of maximum pain;
  • physiotherapy;
  • shock wave therapy;
  • orthoses that limit unwanted (most painful) movements;
  • therapeutic exercises. 

A reduced load on the tennis elbow usually leads to the improvement of symptoms. However, most patients do not want to stop working or want to continue sports training. Therefore, treatment may continue for a long time. If the standard methods do not work, then they switch to cell therapy, and if this is not effective enough, a surgical intervention can be performed.

Cell therapy

 

For tennis elbow treatment, doctors abroad use platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. It stimulates tissue regeneration and relieves inflammation. The technique allows patients to obtain good long-term results. Many patients will end up avoiding surgery.

The specialists draw blood samples from the patient with tennis elbow and place them in a centrifuge. For 5 minutes, it rotates at a speed of 3 thousand revolutions per minute. As a result, the blood is divided into 2 fractions: the first one contains erythrocytes and leukocytes, while the second one contains blood plasma with a high content of platelets. With a syringe, platelet-rich plasma is taken from a test tube, which is located above the separating gel, 3-5 ml is taken and injected into the region of the lateral epicondyle of the shoulder, at the point of maximum pain.

The injection is performed under local anesthesia. After the injection of the local anesthetic, the doctor removes the syringe, but does not remove the needle. He then attaches a new syringe containing the autologous plasma with platelets, and injects it into the injured site.

On the day of the injection, the pain syndrome may be intensified. However, in the future, it will be gradually relieved, and the symptoms will be reduced by an average of 80% within 2 months. The effect lasts from 6 to 12 months. In total, 3-4 injections, with an interval of 1 week, are required.

Surgery for tennis elbow

 

Depending on the tissues that the surgeon acts on during the surgery, tennis elbow interventions are divided into two types:

  • nerve surgery;
  • operations on the connective tissue structures (tendons and bone tissue of the lateral epicondyle of the shoulder). 

Depending on the type of surgical access, the following methods are distinguished: 

  • open – historically the first method, quite reliable, but the most traumatic; 
  • percutaneous (minimally invasive open) – less traumatic, can even be performed on an outpatient basis, but complex; 
  • arthroscopic procedures – the safest, least traumatic method, but require highly qualified, specially trained surgeons and high-tech equipment, which are not available in every hospital.

Nerve surgeries are not considered radical. They do not cure the disease, but do allow temporary improvement. Long-term success is only possible if you stop playing sports or change your type of activities at work. It is necessary to exclude any physical activities that have led to elbow micro traumatization. In these cases, the tendon is gradually restored. If a person wants to return to their previous activities after surgery, then nerve intervention is not the best treatment option. After it, the risk of recurrence reaches 20-30% in the first 6 months.

Surgical interventions on the connective tissue structures are considered more common. Regardless of whether the doctor performs the operation with an open, arthroscopic, or percutaneous technique, there are three main types of manipulations performed:

  • tendon release (relaxation) – incisions that reduce muscle traction; 
  • decortication of the lower part of the humerus – removal of injured, pathologically altered bone tissue in the area of tendon attachment;
  • osteoperforation – the doctor makes holes in the shoulder epicondyle to release stem cells and enhance tissue regeneration, improving their blood supply.

Various modifications of surgical procedures imply the performance of one of these actions or their combinations. Recent studies show that the best treatment is tendon release. It is performed with minimal trauma and minimal postoperative pain, providing opportunities for rapid rehabilitation. Additional shoulder epicondyle decortication and osteoperforation do not improve the results, but do make the surgical intervention more traumatic.

Open surgery

 

All over the world, open surgical interventions on the elbow are performed more often than minimally invasive ones. They are more traumatic, but easier to perform.

The operation is performed through an incision 3-5 cm long. Such interventions have been performed since the first half of the twentieth century. In most patients, they provide good results. Many patients can return to physical labor. The recovery time can increase due to a severe injury. In a case of bone tissue intervention and prolonged immobilization of the extremity, the rehabilitation period can reach 3 months.

Open surgical interventions provide sustainable results. For many patients suffering from tennis elbow, the pain never returns. But, some other symptoms associated with the formation of adhesions and scarring remain. The most common pathological condition is elbow stiffness. Occasionally, elbow instability develops. 80-85% of operated on patients can return to physical labor or sports.

Arthroscopy for tennis elbow

 

To treat elbow and shoulder joint diseases, arthroscopic interventions are most widely used in orthopedics. But, only a few specialists are able to perform these operations on the elbow. Doctors abroad perform such operations. They are gradually replacing the more traumatic, open interventions.

Open elbow surgery is undesirable, as it provokes the formation of scar tissue and adhesions. Reactive inflammatory changes often cause the return of the pain syndrome. Therefore, some studies show not only arthroscopy as a less traumatic option, but also its better outcomes. For example, according to F. Rubenthaler, the arthroscopic treatment method provided 75% of good and excellent results, while the open surgical treatment achieved these results in only 60% of cases.

During the surgical intervention, the doctor performs a decortication of the lateral epicondyle of the shoulder, resection of the tendon of the short radial extensor of the wrist from the place of its attachment, and ablation of the tendon tissue. The surgeon removes inflamed tissues and reduces muscle traction, so the pain syndrome becomes milder or disappears completely.

Arthroscopy for tennis elbow is performed through skin punctures just over 2 mm. The length of the incision on the capsule of the elbow joint does not exceed 1 cm. A lower trauma rate is also achieved due to the absence of the need to separate the aponeurosis of the common extensor tendon during arthroscopy. After minimally invasive surgery, patients recover quickly, have a minimal need for pain management medications, and usually do not suffer complications. They can return to work and their normal life in 2-4 weeks.

Why is it worth undergoing treatment in Germany?

 

The effectiveness of shoulder epicondylitis treatment is not the same in different countries and hospitals. It ranges from 60 to 90%, depending on the methods used. The recovery of patients takes from 2 to 12 weeks. The risk of tennis elbow recurrence is 10 to 30%. Under the conditions of  shoulder epicondylitis treatment at a good hospital, you can quickly recover and fully restore your ability to work or return to your sports form.

Here are several reasons why you should undergo treatment for shoulder epicondylitis in Germany: 

  • doctors use minimally traumatic techniques that very rarely cause complications;
  • wounds heal quickly, and there is no severe postoperative pain;
  • the risk of developing elbow instability after surgery for tennis elbow is almost zero;
  • during arthroscopy, the doctor can detect and treat concomitant elbow pathologies;
  • the use of fast-track rehabilitation protocols to start active recovery measures earlier after the treatment of tennis elbow; 
  • in 2-4 weeks you will be able to return to your usual life, work or play tennis again;
  • the risk of recurrence of shoulder epicondylitis is minimal;
  • maximum loads on the operated limb become possible: the disease is unlikely to return, even if you are a professional tennis player.

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Authors: 

The article was edited by medical experts, board certified doctors Dr. Vadim Zhiliuk and Dr. Sergey Pashchenko. For the treatment of the conditions referred to in the article, you must consult a doctor; the information in the article is not intended for self-medication!

 

Sources:

Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research

Articles for Orthopaedic Practice - Orthogate

Johns Hopkins Medicine

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