Z Orthop Unfall 2022; 160(03): 329-340
DOI: 10.1055/a-1340-0931

Epicondylopathia humeri radialis

Article in several languages: English | deutsch
Tim Leschinger
1   Division of Trauma, Hand and Elbow Surgery, Cologne University Medical Centre, Cologne, Germany
Thomas Tischer
2   Rostock University Medical Centre, Department of Orthopaedics, Rostock, Germany
Anna Katharina Doepfer
3   orthoGroup, Hamburg, Germany
Michael Glanzmann
4   Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Schulthess Klinik, Zurich, Switzerland
Michael Hackl
1   Division of Trauma, Hand and Elbow Surgery, Cologne University Medical Centre, Cologne, Germany
Lars Lehmann
5   Department of Trauma and Hand Surgery, ViDia Christliche Kliniken Karlsruhe, St. Vincentius-Kliniken, Karlsruhe, Germany
Lars Müller
1   Division of Trauma, Hand and Elbow Surgery, Cologne University Medical Centre, Cologne, Germany
Sven Reuter
6   SRH Hochschule für Gesundheit, Campus Stuttgart, Germany
Sebastian Siebenlist
7   Department of Sports Orthopaedics, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany
Ralf Theermann
8   Joint Surgery, HELIOS ENDO-Klinik Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Klaus Wörtler
9   Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany
Marc Banerjee
10   Mediapark Klinik, Cologne, Germany
11   Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery, Witten/Herdecke University, Campus Cologne-Merheim, Cologne, Germany
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Background Lateral epicondylitis is a common orthopaedic condition often massively restricting the quality of life of the affected patients. There are a wide variety of treatment options – with varying levels of evidence.

Method The following statements and recommendations are based on the current German S2k guideline Epicondylopathia radialis humeri (AWMF registry number: 033 – 2019). All major German specialist societies participated in this guideline, which is based on a systematic review of the literature and a structured consensus-building process.

Outcomes Lateral epicondylitis should be diagnosed clinically and can be confirmed by imaging modalities. The Guidelines Commission issues recommendations on clinical and radiological diagnostic workup. The clinical condition results from the accumulated effect of mechanical overload, neurologic irritation and metabolic changes. Differentiating between acute and chronic disorder is helpful. Prognosis of non-surgical regimens is favourable in most cases. Most cases spontaneously resolve within 12 months. In case of unsuccessful attempted non-surgical management for at least six months, surgery may be considered as an alternative, if there is a corresponding structural morphology and clinical manifestation. At present, it is not possible to recommend a specific surgical procedure.

Conclusion This paper provides a summary of the guideline with extracts of the recommendations and statements of its authors regarding the pathogenesis, prevention, diagnostic workup as well as non-surgical and surgical management.

Publication History

Article published online:
13 April 2021

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