What are the recent trends in lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) incidence?

Updated: Oct 30, 2018
  • Author: Bryant James Walrod, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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A study by Sanders et al reported the age- and sex-adjusted annual incidence of lateral elbow tendinosis decreased from 4.5 per 1000 people in 2000 to 2.4 per 1000 in 2012. The recurrence rate within 2 years was 8.5% and the proportion of surgically treated cases within 2 years of diagnosis tripled from 1.1% during the 2000-2002 time period to 3.2% after 2009. The study also added that about 1 in 10 patients with persistent symptoms at 6 months required surgery. [4]


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