Tennis Elbow: Is the Problem the Joint or the Tendon? Interview with:

Michael Hausman, MD Chief, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Mount Sinai Health System; Professor, Orthopaedics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Michael Hausman

Michael Hausman, MD
Chief, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
Mount Sinai Health System
Professor, Orthopaedics
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

: Lateral epicondylitis has traditionally been thought of as a tendon problem, but tendon pathology has not been well documented. Our study supports our hypothesis that the problem lies within the elbow joint, rather than in the tendon outside the joint. What should readers take away from your report?

Response: People who develop tennis elbow may be susceptible because of a variation in the normal anatomy that predisposes them to the condition. What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: We continue to document intraoperative findings and recall a large cohort of patients to confirm our initial results. Additional evidence from Japanese colleagues has recently also confirmed our hypothesis. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Response: If correct, our hypothesis suggests that treatment directed to the intraarticular pathology may be more effective and sparing the tendon and arthroscopic treatment shortens the recovery and increases the likelihood of a successful outcome. Thank you for your contribution to the community.

Citation: Abstract presented at the 2017 AAOS meeting
Tennis: Lateral Epicondylitis: What Really Works?

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Last Updated on March 19, 2017 by Marie Benz MD FAAD