Treatment of tennis elbow: the evidenceBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7410.330 (Published 07 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:330
- Simon Mellor, clinical fellow in joint replacement surgery (firstname.lastname@example.org)1
- 1Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre, Heidelberg, Victoria 3123, Australia
Tennis elbow is an overuse syndrome most prevalent in the fourth decade. Predominant symptoms of lateral elbow pain on gripping or resisted wrist dorsiflexion result in many consultations in primary care and days lost from work. Most patients will recover within a year.1 This should be remembered when considering the results of this Clinical Evidence extract, which is based on a Cochrane review of the subject.
The review identified randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of numerous treatment modalities for lateral elbow pain. The risks of blindly accepting “evidence based medicine” are known,2 and there are some limitations within …