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Lateral epicondylitis in tennis: update on aetiology, biomechanics and treatment
  1. Thomas De Smedt,
  2. Andy de Jong,
  3. Wim Van Leemput,
  4. Dossche Lieven,
  5. Francis Van Glabbeek
  1. University Hospital Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
  1. Thomas De Smedt, Wilrijkstraat 10, 2650 Edegem, Belgium; thomasdesmedt1{at}


Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) is the most frequent type of myotendinosis and can be responsible for substantial pain and loss of function of the affected limb. Tennis biomechanics, player characteristics and equipment are important in preventing the condition. This article presents an overview of the current knowledge on lateral epicondylitis, and focuses on treatment strategies. Conservative and surgical treatment options are discussed, and recent techniques are outlined.

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  • Competing interests: None declared.

  • Abbreviations:
    augmented soft tissue mobilisation
    calcitonine gene-related peptide
    extensor carpi radialis brevis
    electromyographic studies
    extracorporeal shock wave therapy, NSAID, Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs