Questions tagged [epicondylitis]

Questions about epicondylitis, a condition in which the outer part of the elbow becomes sore and tender.

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Does increasing the size of a weight bar diameter help prevent tendinopathies?

There exist a many products designed to increase the size of a weight bar diameter: https://www.google.com/search?q=Fat+Gripz Does increasing the size of a weight bar diameter help prevent ...
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Why are non-flat counterforce braces supposed to work?

Why are non-flat counterforce braces supposed to work, when used for a lateral or medial epicondylopathy? I heard the following reasons: they increase the blood circulation they provide active ...
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Does the use of bodybuffers stimulate tendon healing?

I read on http://boxpromag.com/the-power-of-bellecores-bodybuffer/ : Stimulating muscle and tendon healing. Is there any study that confirmed or infirmed that the use of bodybuffers stimulates ...
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Why are medial epicondylopathies more effectively treated with open, traditional surgical procedures than with arthroscopies?

I read on http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00646 (mirror): Common arthroscopic procedures include: Treatment of tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) There are several elbow surgical ...
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How effective is compression therapy to treat a tendinopathy?

How effective is compression therapy to treat a tendinopathy? I am mostly interested in epicondylopathies (medial or lateral, i.e., tennis elbows and golfer elbows) Example of compression therapy ...
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How effective are kinesiotherapy tapes (e.g., RockTape) to treat a tendinopathy?

How effective is RockTape to treat a tendinopathy? I am mostly interested in epicondylopathies (medial or lateral, i.e., tennis elbows and golfer elbows). I am also interested in other kinesiotherapy ...
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Large scale studies on the accuracy of injections for tennis elbow: do they confirm the injection accuracy is only ~30%?

​I am (negatively)​ impressed by the result of (1) published last week: they quantified how often injections for tennis elbow are correctly localized. Only 3 out of 10 were! ​Result details:​ ​...
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What are the long-term side effects of betamethasone valerate medicated plasters used to treat a tendinopathy?

What are the long-term effects of betamethasone valerate medicated plasters used to treat a tendinopathy? I am mostly interested in treatment effectiveness as well as the long-term impact on the ...
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Is it better to wear a flat counterforce brace or a non-flat one to treat an lateral or medial epicondylopathy?

I wonder whether it is better to wear a flat counterforce brace or a non-flat one to treat an lateral or medial epicondylopathy. By non-flat, I mean it has a bump, as illustrated below (image taken ...
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Why do tennis elbow (epicondylitis) mostly affect the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB)?

It has been shown (1, 2) that tennis elbows (epicondylitis) mostly affect the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB). Why does it mostly affect this muscle, and rarely the other muscles attached to the ...
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What keyboard put the least strain on the epicondyles (elbow tendons)?

I wonder what keyboard put the least strain on the epicondyles (elbow tendons). There exist many keyboards that advertise themselves as being ergonomic, but often fail to provide more details as to ...
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Do vertical split-keyboards cause less stress on the hand, wrist and arm than traditional keyboards?

Vertical split-keyboards are often marketed as more ergonomics than traditional keyboards. Is that true? I am especially interested in stress on the epicondyles of the humerus. I am aware of the ...
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Are transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) of any use for a tendinopathy?

I wonder whether transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) are of any use for a tendinopathy. I am mostly interested in the epicondyles of the humerus. A Cochrane Systematic Review (1) in ...
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How to distinguish swelling resulting from a tendinopathy affecting an epicondyle from the normal shape of the arm?

http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Bursitis/bursitis_ff.asp says: Bursitis and tendinitis are both common conditions that cause swelling around muscles and bones. How to distinguish swelling ...
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How to know whether an inflammation is present in a tendinopathy?

I wonder how to know whether an inflammation is present in a tendinopathy. In other words, how to distinguish a tendinosis from a tendonitis. http://physical-therapy.advanceweb.com/Features/Articles/...
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What sort of injuries to structures near the tendon may happen during an autologous blood injection?

One of the risks of autologous blood injections is injury to structures near the target tendon. Example: http://www.sportsmed.net.nz/patient-info/general-rehabilitation/autologous-blood-injections/: ...
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Why does smoking increase the risk of developing medial epicondylitis?

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/golfers-elbow/basics/risk-factors/con-20027964 says: You could be at higher risk of developing golfer's elbow if you're: Age 40 or older ...
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Why is lateral epicondylitis 5 times more common than medial epicondylitis?

http://www.mdguidelines.com/epicondylitis-medial-and-lateral says: Incidence and Prevalence: Lateral epicondylitis is at least 5 times more common than medial epicondylitis (Mercier). The exact ...
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To what extent does the chronicity of a tendinopathy impact the outcome of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections?

I wonder to what extent the chronicity of a tendinopathy impacts the outcome of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections? (outcome = degree to which it helps treating the tendinopathy) Several ...
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How does the efficiency of a diclofenac patch decrease as it approaches the expiration date?

Diclofenac patches often, maybe always, have an expiration date. How does the efficiency of a diclofenac patch decrease as it approaches the expiration date? Assume that the diclofenac patch is used ...
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Recommended size of diclofenac patch

When treating a lateral epicondylitis of the humerus with diclofenac patches, what is the recommended surface of the patch? Let's assume that the entire patch (10x14cm) contains 140 mg of diclofenac (...
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What are the downsides of autologous tenocyte implantations?

I have read a couple of research articles that seem to be quite laudative toward autologous tenocyte implantation (ATI): (1) presents a successful recovery for partial-thickness rotator cuff tear and ...
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Do local applications or ingestion of lemon eucalyptus oil help treating a tendinitis?

I have read some claims that local applications or ingestions of lemon eucalyptus oil help treating a tendinitis. Example from Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and ...
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Do local applications or ingestion of Gaultheria help treating a tendinitis?

I have read some claims that local applications or ingestions of Gaultheria help treating a tendinitis. Mercola: Pain relief - The most popular health benefit of wintergreen oil is its pain-...
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Prevalence of anatomical cause for a lateral epicondylitis

I wonder how frequently a lateral epicondylitis has an anatomical cause. When searching for the information, I couldn't find any specific numbers, and the information I read was ranging from "there is ...
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Identifying an anatomical cause for an epicondylitis

One possible cause for an epicondylitis is anatomy (see the 4 references below, non-epicondylitis specific). How to identify whether anatomy is the cause of a lateral epicondylitis? Holston Valley ...
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Should inflammation be supported or suppressed to heal an epicondylitis?

Should inflammation be supported or suppressed to heal a lateral epicondylitis? I have read and heard contradictory statements, see examples below. TheHuffingtonPost: Once these burdens are ...
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Estimating the blood circulation around the epicondyles of the humerus

Decreased microcirculation has been shown to contribute to the lateral epicondylitis symptoms (1). Is there any home medical equipment that a patient suffering from epicondylitis could use to estimate ...