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Elbow FAQ

Question:

I took up archery last year for the first time at age 33. I quickly developed tennis elbow that hasn’t gone away. It’s been almost 9 months. Is this typical?

Answer:

Most people with epicondylitis or “tennis elbow” report symptoms for an average of six months up to two years. This depends on a number of different factors. Patients in good health and fitness level may recovery more quickly. Anyone continuing with work activities or sports that put a strain on the tendons at the elbow may have more problems. Healing is delayed when tendons of the forearm muscles tear from overuse. These tiny tears cause microtrauma and a cycle of bleeding, inflammation, scarring, and tearing. Stopping this cycle is the goal of treatment. Robert P. Nirschl, MD, et al. Iontophoretic Administration of Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate for Acute Epicondylitis. In The American Journal of Sports Medicine. March/April 2003. Vol. 31. No. 2. Pp. 189-195.

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