Original Research Article
Year: 2016 | Month: April | Volume: 3 | Issue: 4 | Pages: 36-38
Role of Local Corticosteroid Injection in the Management of Tennis Elbow
Imtiyaz Hussain Dar1*, Mohammad Mussa2*, Sulaiman Sath#, Munir Farooq3*, Ansarul Haq Lone4*
1Associate Prof., 2Assistant Prof., 3Prof., 4Registrar;
*Department of Orthopaedics, Bone and Joint Hospital, Srinagar.
Corresponding Author: Imtiyaz Hussain Dar
Introduction: Tennis elbow affects 1 - 3% of general population; the reported incidence among tennis players is a 5 - 8%. Lateral epicondylitis can occur during activities that require repeated supination and pronation of the forearm with the elbow in near full extension. Most of patients with tennis elbow can be managed conservatively; treatment is successful in 95% of patients.
Methods and Materials: The present study titled “Role of local corticosteroid injection in the management of tennis elbow” was conducted in postgraduate Department of Orthopaedics, Bone and Joint Hospital Barzulla Srinagar from June 2012 to November 2013. 80 patients with tennis elbow of either sex were included in the study. After taking written informed consent all the patients received local steroid injection (triamcinolone 20 mg mixed with 1 ml of injection lignocaine 2 %).
Results: Out of 80 patients in our study 55 (68.75%) patients obtained complete relief of pain at six weeks time. But at final follow-up of 12 weeks only 15 (18.75%) patients were pain free. At 12 weeks follow-up 50% (40) of patients had recurrence of symptoms.
Conclusion: In patients with tennis elbow use of corticosteroid should be limited to short term use only.
Keywords: Tennis elbow, corticosteroid injection, pain.