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Treatment of Tennis Elbow (lateral Epicondylitis) in Germany

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Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
581
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
2981
Neurological rehabilitation Phase C
540

ATOS Clinic Munich

9.5/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

The ATOS Clinic Munich is a highly specialized health care facility offering high quality treatment and excellent service. Medical focuses of the clinic include diagnosis and treatment of the entire orthopedic spectrum. In addition to the treatment of diseases and injuries of the hip, knee, shoulder, ankle and elbow, the medical
Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
1824
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
7273

Vitos Orthopedic Clinic Kassel

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Kassel

Department of Adult and Pediatric General Orthopedics, Trauma Surgery

According to the Focus magazine, the Vitos Orthopedic Clinic Kassel ranks among the top German medical facilities specializing in the treatment of orthopedic diseases! The clinic is a specialized medical facility, which provides top-class diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with musculoskeletal diseases. The cl
Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
1547
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
5608

University Hospital Heidelberg

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Heidelberg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, Traumatology

According to Focus magazine, the University Hospital Heidelberg ranks among the top five hospitals in Germany! The hospital is one of the most advanced and reputable medical institutions not only in Germany, but throughout Europe. There are more than 43 specialized departments and 13 medical institutes, which cover all fields of
Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
0
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
0

Charite University Hospital Berlin

9/10
location_onGermany, Berlin

Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, Traumatology

According to the authoritative Focus magazine, the Charite University Hospital Berlin occupies the first place in the rating of the top German medical facilities! The hospital is one of the largest and leading university medical complexes in Europe. The hospital in Germany provides modern diagnostics and treatment of patients, a
Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
2051
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
7882

University Hospital Würzburg

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Würzburg

Department of Traumatology, Hand Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

According to the Focus magazine in 2019, the University Hospital Würzburg ranks among the top national German hospitals! The hospital is one of the oldest medical facilities in Germany. The centuries-old traditions of first-class treatment are combined with the very latest achievements of modern evidence-based medicine and
Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
1533
Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
1536
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
5713

University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

10/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Traumatology and Reconstructive Surgery

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich is regularly ranked among the best medical institutions in Germany! The hospital is the largest multidisciplinary medical facility, as well as a leading research and training center in Germany and Europe. The hospital is proud of i
Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
1670
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
6293

University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

9.1/10
location_onGermany, Dresden

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

According to the reputable Focus magazine, the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden ranks among the top five German hospitals! The hospital is the benchmark for modern high-quality medicine. Positioning itself as a maximum care medical facility, the hospital represents all medical fields. There are 26 specialized depart
Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
1829
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
7099

University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Muenster

Department of General Orthopedics and Orthopedic Oncology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Muenster ranks among the top German hospitals! The hospital belongs to the most prestigious medical institutions in Germany. The hospital is distinguished by a high professionalism of its doctors, state-of-the-art technological equipment and the availability of the most ad
Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
1548
Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
1646
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
5706

University Hospital Marburg UKGM

8.6/10
location_onGermany, Marburg

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)
1506
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
5317

University Hospital Giessen UKGM

9.5/10
location_onGermany, Giessen

Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, Orthopedic Surgery

The University Hospital Giessen UKGM positions itself as an ultramodern medical facility with outstanding quality of medical care. The hospital presents almost all areas of medicine, ranging from ophthalmology to traumatology and dentistry. The priorities of the hospital’s activities include surgery, neurosurgery, oncology
Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
1473
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
5290

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)
1830
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
6957

University Hospital Erlangen

9.1/10
location_onGermany, Erlangen

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)
1620
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
5957

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)
1606
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
5962

University Hospital Oldenburg

10/10
location_onGermany, Oldenburg

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)
1428
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
5024

University Hospital Saarland Homburg

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Homburg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, Orthopedic Surgery

The University Hospital Saarland 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 in medi
Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
1481
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
5279

Hospital Bogenhausen Munich

7.8/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, Traumatology, Sports Medicine

According to the reputable Focus magazine, the Hospital Bogenhausen Munich ranks among the ten best medical centers in Bavaria and among the top 50 medical facilities in Germany! The medical facility is the Academic Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. The modern hospital with the highest level of services annuall
Diagnostics of tennis elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
1651
Surgery treatment of tennis elbow
6296
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Lateral epicondylitis is a fatigue-related injury that occurs in manual workers. It causes pain in the elbow, reduces the ability to work and the quality of life for a patient. Even if this disease torments you for years, you can still get rid of it in just a few weeks. To do this, you just have to go to Germany to take advantage of their latest achievements in the field of orthopedics. German surgeons perform minimally invasive elbow surgery through incisions a few millimeters long. Within a few weeks, you will be able to return to physical work, with a minimal risk of recurrence of the disease, even in the distant future.

Content

  1. What is lateral tennis elbow?
  2. Principles of treatment of tennis elbow
  3. Conservative therapy
  4. Surgical treatment
  5. Arthroscopic elbow surgery in Germany
  6. Why is it worth undergoing treatment in Germany?

What is lateral tennis elbow?

 

Tennis elbow is the informal name for a fatigue-related injury, it is the most common cause of chronic elbow pain. The medical name for this disease is lateral epicondylitis.

The elbow joint is formed by three bones: the humerus, radius, and ulna. There are two projections in the humerus: the lateral and the medial epicondyles. The tendons of the muscles responsible for the movements of the hand are attached to these protrusions. If these muscles are overloaded, the tendon is permanently injured. These microtraumas are not noticed by a person, but if they are regular, then inflammation develops over time, and pain and degenerative changes in the tendon will progress.

The term epicondylitis means that the place where the tendon attaches to the epicondyle of the humerus is inflamed. This is the result of prolonged micro traumatization. The lateral epicondyle is affected five times more often than the medial one. These patients are diagnosed with tennis elbow. If the medial epicondyle is damaged, golfer's elbow is diagnosed (medial epicondylitis).

Lateral epicondylitis was first described at the end of the 19th century. It was at that time that the condition was given the name tennis elbow, as cases of the disease were reported among people involved in tennis. However, even today, in times of high prevalence of amateur and professional sports, 95% of cases of epicondylitis are associated with professional activities rather than sports activities. The disease affects plasterers, packers, construction workers, and representatives of other specialties who work physically and repeat the same movements for many years in a row.

Principles of treatment of tennis elbow

 

As a rule, the reason for first visiting a doctor is chronic pain. Many patients believe that it is due to a sports injury or the consequence of a bruised hand. They wait a long time for the pain syndrome to disappear on its own, but it does not, and the intensity of the pain only increases. At the time of treatment, most patients already have degenerative changes in their tendons, and some cannot even bring a cup of coffee to their mouth with their hand being affected by the disease.

The treatment for this disease involves the use of the following methods: 

  • conservative (drug and non-drug treatment); 
  • surgical (open and minimally invasive operations). 

The preference is given to conservative therapy, with which most patients start their recovery process. The prerequisite for this type of therapy is functional rest for the extremity. If it is not provided, the tendon will not recover, and the disease will recur over time, even after successful therapy.

If conservative treatment does not work or the patient wants to solve the problem of tennis elbow once and for all, doctors perform surgery. They can use either open or minimally invasive interventions. Modern arthroscopic interventions are very sparing, safe, and provide recovery in just a few weeks.

Conservative therapy

 

Conservative treatment can rarely eliminate the pain syndrome once and for all. As a rule, the patient has to give up his previous job or stop playing sports. Only in this case can we count on a long-term improvement. Conservative therapy is aimed at:

  • limiting unwanted movements that injure the tendons;
  • reducing pain syndrome;
  • relieving inflammatory process; 
  • regenerating an injured tendon. 

Most patients receive nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. They relieve pain and inflammation in the elbow.

Non-drug treatments for lateral epicondylitis include: 

  • cessation of physical labor or limitation of physical activity, refusal to play tennis;
  • the use of bandages that block unwanted movements;
  • physiotherapy;
  • shock wave therapy;
  • massage;
  • kinesio taping;
  • reflexology;
  • therapeutic exercises.

If all this does not work, blocks with local anesthetics and glucocorticoids are performed. Doctors perform 2 to 5 injections at intervals of several weeks. This procedure allows for pain relief for a long time, but there is a drawback: glucocorticoids have a negative effect on the condition of the tendon, thereby accelerating degenerative processes. Therefore, doctors try to minimize the number of injections, performing repeated injections only in extreme cases.

To repair the injured tendon, platelet-rich plasma is injected into the elbow. It is prepared from the patient's blood. The doctor puts the blood into a centrifuge. It is divided into two layers: one of them containing erythrocytes and leukocytes, the other containing blood plasma with a high content of platelets. These formed elements of the blood contain the growth factors required for wound healing. Plasma with platelets is injected into the elbow, thus stimulating tissue regeneration. In total, 3-4 injections at intervals of 1 week are required. The therapy is effective in 80% of cases. The effect lasts 6-12 months.

Surgical treatment

 

A long-term improvement or a complete cure of the disease can only be achieved with the help of elbow surgery. It can be performed on various anatomical structures:

  • on the nerves (neurolysis of the posterior interosseous nerve, denervation of the epicondyle);
  • on the connective tissue (on tendons and bone tissue).

Nerve surgery is good because it is minimally traumatic and provides recovery in patients in just 1 week. However, these methods are rarely used. They are not radical, which means that they do not cure the disease, but provide only a temporary improvement. The essence of these treatment methods is to reduce pressure on the nerves or to cut the nerves so that they do not conduct pain impulses. These treatments provide good results for the first 6 months, but then the symptoms get worse. For most patients, the problem returns sooner or later.

Connective tissue surgery is a more common treatment for tennis elbow. Most often, doctors perform:

  • release (relaxing incisions) of the tendon, weakening muscle traction;
  • epicondyle decortication (removal of the upper layer of bone tissue);
  • osteoperforation – drilling a hole in the epicondyle. 

Surgical procedures can be performed with the use of open, percutaneous (open, minimally invasive), or arthroscopic techniques. The most commonly used are open surgeries. They are technically simpler, do not require special equipment, and have been successfully used since the beginning of the 20th century. Arthroscopic surgeries have been introduced relatively recently. Elbow arthroscopy is a technically complex, but sparing and safe, operation with a short recovery period.

Arthroscopic elbow surgery in Germany

 

Germany offers developed medicine. Therefore, doctors in German medical clinics often perform elbow surgery using the arthroscopic technique.

These surgical interventions are performed through minimal incisions, using endoscopes with a diameter of 2.4-3 mm. The doctor inserts a mini video camera into the elbow, with the help of which he controls his actions. The intervention is performed with long, thin instruments.

The doctor usually performs a tendon release. Less often, the specialists resort to decortication or osteoperforation of the humerus. These manipulations do not necessarily complement tendon incisions. In recent years, more and more researchers have been inclined to believe that they only cause additional trauma by intervening on bone structures, but do not give better outcomes.

The benefits of sparing arthroscopic surgery options in Germany are as follows: 

  • full examination of the elbow joint, identification and treatment of concomitant elbow pathology; 
  • recovery time is 2-4 weeks; 
  • after 2-3 months, patients can return to lifting maximum loads;
  • low risk of complications;
  • minimal blood loss;
  • comfortable postoperative period without severe pain, with minimal need for analgesics.

After arthroscopy, there is no risk of developing elbow instability. The probability of stiffness is minimal. Since the surgical procedure is performed through short incisions, multiple adhesions and scars do not form in the joint, which would impair elbow mobility or become an additional source of pain.

Why is it worth undergoing treatment in Germany?

 

Medical clinics in Germany use the very latest conservative and surgical methods for the treatment of tennis elbow. This country can boast a high level of sports medicine and a well-developed healthcare system in general. Clinics receive good funding, so doctors have the most advanced equipment.

Here are several reasons why it is better to receive treatment in German hospitals: 

  • the use of the most advanced methods of conservative therapy, including cell technologies;
  • minimally invasive percutaneous and arthroscopic elbow surgeries;
  • low risk of complications;
  • speedy recovery;
  • full early rehabilitation to prevent elbow stiffness;
  • quality care and symptomatic treatment.

Doctors prefer using sparing surgical techniques, after which, patients return to work within a few weeks. The risk of relapse is low, even for those who return to physical labor or high-intensity sports.

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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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