Buchbinder R. Clin Sports Med. Orthop Clin North Am. Get Permissions, Access the latest issue of American Family Physician. Pain and decreased strength with resisted gripping and with wrist supination and extension are often present.22. Address correspondence to Shawn F. Kane, MD, USASOC(A), Attn: AOMD, 2929 Desert Storm Dr. (Stop A), Fort Bragg, NC 28310 (e-mail: shawn.f.kane.mil@mail.mil). Nonseptic olecranon bursitis management. Patients will experience pain localised over the radial neck approximately 4 finger-breadths distal to the lateral epicondyle. People with ulnar collateral ligament sprains will also exhibit localized tenderness and elbow flexor contractures. Also, the tear and pain is more likely to be located in the muscle belly as opposed to the common flexor tendon. Athletes in overhead throwing sports or sports that require repetitive valgus stress or compressive forces on the elbow (e.g., gymnastics) are prone to these types of injuries. Chronic olecranon bursitis. The milking maneuver (Figure 5) can provide additional information on the possible presence of a UCL injury. 2008;19(4):597–608, vi–vii. Cubital tunnel syndrome, i.e., a compression neuropathy of the ulnar nerve at the elbow, is commonly seen in association with medial … The point of maximal tenderness is usually at the insertion of the flexor-pronator mass, 5 to 10 mm distal and anterior to the medial epicondyle. Tenderness over the UCL has a sensitivity of 81% to 94%, but a specificity of only 22% for UCL tears.11, The most important examination for a possible UCL injury is assessment of the medial joint space laxity or instability against valgus forces. The poor old anterior elbow … Direct trauma. The examiner then pulls the patient's thumb posteriorly, creating a valgus force (Table 23,7,8,11,13–17). On physical examination, with the elbow flexed to 90 degrees, passive supination and pronation of the forearm should reveal a normal piston-like movement of the biceps muscle belly. Evaluation of overuse elbow injuries. A positive result is defined as pain between 70 and 120 degrees of flexion. Lateral epicondylitis; Medial epicondylitis; Olecranon bursitis (nonseptic) Septic bursitis; Biceps tendon rupture/dislocation; Pediatric. Golfer’s elbow, sometimes called throwers elbow, is probably the most common name given to pain on the inside of the elbow. 020 7060 5109. A staged process of pathologic change in the tendon can result in structural breakdown and irreparable fibrosis or calcification. A differential diagnosis generated from the history guides the physical examination. The incidence of epicondylitis is highest in the fourth and fifth decades of life. Rehabilitation of the elbow following sports injury. Differential Diagnoses Lateral Elbow Pain. Because it takes time for the compressive or traction neuropathy to result in a positive electrodiagnostic study, false-negative results can occur if the testing is performed before symptoms have been present for six to eight weeks.12,18. S&S: Decrease elbow ROM, pain @ radiocapitellar joint, pain increase w/ active/resisted pronation and supination, may complain of locking, catching, clicking. Am Fam Physician. Overuse and traumatic injuries of the elbow. McAdams TR. Pain is often located in the medial elbow from trauma, sporting activities and repetitive injury in patients of all ages. The presence of weakness with resisted supination of the forearm and extension of the middle finger (middle finger test; Figure 7) is common with posterior interosseous nerve syndrome 20  (Table 23,7,8,11,13–17). Safran MR. Dawson PA, Johnston RV, For information about the SORT evidence rating system, go to, Reprinted with permission from Chumbley EM, O'Connor FG, Nirschl RP. 2nd ed. Static and dynamic valgus stress tests should be performed to identify general and specific ligament damage, respectively. The history should include questions about the onset of pain, what the patient was doing when the pain started, and the type and frequency of athletic and occupational activities. In: Bracker MD. Ulnar collateral ligament injury in the overhead athlete. Created by. Hariri S, The pain can worsen with wrist flexion and forearm pronation activities. History often includes repeated elbow flexion with forearm supination or pronation, such as in dumbbell curls. 2005;4(5):249–254. Medial-sided elbow pain encompasses a significant differential diagnosis, including ulnar neuritis, tendinopathy, ligamentous instability, intra-articular pathology, and trauma. There is some controversy about whether radial tunnel syndrome and posterior interosseous nerve syndrome are two separate entities or a continuum of the same condition. Evidence-based use of dextrose prolotherapy for musculoskeletal pain: A scientific literature review. MRI web clinic–November 2003. Sydney, Australia: McGraw-Hill; 2006:302–303. To avoid introducing infection, aspiration of olecranon bursitis should be performed only when the diagnosis is uncertain or to relieve symptoms in refractory cases. Gabel GT, UCL injuries commonly occur in athletes participating in sports that involve overhead throwing, such as baseball, javelin, and volleyball.7-9 Injury to the UCL results in significant valgus elbow instability and may predispose an athlete to secondary injuries.8,10. Elbow anatomy and biomechanics The elbow has 3 articulations—ulnohumeral, radiocapitellar, and proximal radioulnar—that provide primary stability to … Lateral Elbow Tendinopathy; Referred pain (Cervical spine, Upper thoracic spine, Neuro-myofascial ) Synovitis of the radiohumeral joint; Radiohumeral bursitis ; Posterior interosseous nerve entrapment or radial tunnel syndrome; Osteochondritis dissecans (Capitellum, Radius in adolescents ) Posterolateral rotatory instability; Medial Elbow Pain. Entrapment and compressive neuropathies. Colorado Joint Replacement. Maxwell DM. Copyright © 2020 American Academy of Family Physicians. To conclusively differentiate these two conditions and particular grades, ultrasound imaging or MRI would be needed to identify impaired structures. Schneider DS. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. Davies GJ. Differential diagnosis of elbow pain … … The injury is characterized by the insidious onset of vague medial elbow pain … Buchbinder R, Allen AA. Durrant AW. Magnetic resonance arthrography may be performed in patients without an effusion to identify ligament tears, osteochondral defects, or loose bodies18,37(Figure 839). Philadelphia, Pa.: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:226–232. Evaluation of Elbow Pain in Adults. Olecranon bursitis. 2003;2(5):276–280. Choose a single article, issue, or full-access subscription. Johnston RV, Light up the elbow section of your brain and master the assessment, diagnosis and clinical reasoning of elbow pain with Part 1 in this elbow … 2016 Oct. 25 (10):1704-9. Four common types of bursitis: diagnosis and management. A similar condition exists in older persons with osteoarthritis. Patel A, Overuse and traumatic injuries of the elbow. The patient will likely experience pins and needles or numbness along the ulnar nerve distribution of the forearm and fingers. Philadelphia, Pa.: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2011:616–617. Wohlgethan JR. O'Connor FG, Baker CL Jr. Ulnar collateral ligament injuries occur in athletes participating in sports that involve overhead throwing. Clinical Associate Professor. Musculoskeletal Differential Diagnosis of Medial Elbow Pain. 2011;57(1):21. The poor old anterior elbow … Shankwiler JA, Barnsley L, Young CC, Walrod B. Lateral epicondylitis. In: Bracker MD. Soft tissue infections. In: Bracker MD. This review—of elbow anatomy (see the box), 4-6 injury, differential diagnosis, and treatment—will make it easier for you to get injured athletes back in the game. Shapiro BE, Ashe MC. In: Brukner P, Khan K, eds. A thorough history and physical examination is critical to determine the likelihood of medial epicondylitis. The anterior bundle of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) is stretched when the elbow is extended, while the posterior bundle is lengthened while the elbow is flexed. Medial elbow pain is uncommon when compared with lateral elbow pain.Medial epicondylitis is an uncommon diagnosis and can be confused with other sources of pain.Overhead throwers and workers lifting heavy objects are at increased risk of medial elbow pain.Differential diagnosis includes ulnar nerve disorders, cervical radiculopathy, injured ulnar collateral ligament, altered distal triceps anatomy or joint disorders.Children … Thereby tendon degeneration appears instead of repair. Most patients will have complete resolution of symptoms with arm rest and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) therapy. 21. 2008;39(2):141–154, v. 3. As with other musculoskeletal problems, the keys to diagnosing elbow pain are a history to include mechanism of injury or exacerbating movements, and a focused physical examination. Physical examination typically reveals a positive Tinel sign at the radial tunnel. Most patients are in their 30s and 40s and develop lateral epicondylitis as a result of occupational rather than recreational activities.14 The lateral elbow is affected four to 10 times more often than the medial side.22, The lateral epicondyle of humerus serves as the common extensor origin for the active supinators of the forearm, including the extensor carpi radialis brevis (Figure 6). Essex-Lopresti fracture; Capitellum fracture; Olecranon fracture; Elbow dislocation; Radiograph-Negative. Nirschl RP. Joint and soft tissue structures that are common sources of pain include the epicondyles (medial and lateral), the olecranon bursa, and the radial and ulnar nerves, which course near the elbow joint. Available from: Publisher Provided Full Text Searching File, Ipswich, MA. Olecranon bursitis is a common cause of posterior elbow pain and swelling. Pieczynski TE, Tinel's test may reproduce these symptoms and nerve conduction studies should be completed. Immediate, unlimited access to all AFP content. Medial elbow ligament sprains may show valgus instability in athletes that perform repetitive throwing activities. When evaluating the patient with elbow pain, the prudent practitioner must consider various diagnoses that can produce similar symptoms. Magnetic resonance imaging is the preferred imaging modality for chronic elbow pain. Curr Sports Med Rep. After carpal tunnel syndrome, it is the second most common compressive neuropathy of the upper extremities.18 Approximately 60% of patients with medial epicondylitis have a concomitant compressive ulnar neuropathy.19, Patients will have medial elbow pain with repetitive activity. The most common injury in a musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice to the medial elbow would be flexor/pronator tendinopathy (golfers elbow). Pain is usually noted during the acceleration phase of throwing when the Flexor Carpi Radialis and Pronator Teres are most active. Medial epicondylitis therefore perhaps deserves a less prominent place on the “default” list of causes of medial elbow pain. 1st ed. Flexor-pronator tendon degeneration occurs with repetitive forced wrist extension and forearm supination during activities involving wrist flexion and forearm pronation. Lateral epicondylitis. The hook test is used to assess the continuity of the biceps tendon. Hatch JD. Distal biceps tendinopathy. 16. Delo M. Ulnar collateral ligament injuries of the elbow. Further complicating this is a high frequency of referred pain from the nerves exiting the neck. Elbow Differential Diagnoses. Elbow pain may be due to disorders involving the joint itself, the surrounding soft tissue structures, or a referred source (eg, neck, shoulder, or wrist). Magnetic resonance imaging of the elbow in athletes. Elbow injuries are extremely common in children. Upper Extremity Thrombosis Presenting as Medial Elbow Pain after Shoulder Arthroscopy. Differential Diagnoses Lateral Elbow Pain. The opinions and assertions contained herein are the private views of the authors and are not to be construed as official or as reflecting the views of the U.S. Army Medical Department, the U.S. Army at large, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. government. Canoso JJ, 38. Cain EL Jr. 17. 2004 Oct. 23(4):693-705, xi. Distal humerus fracture; Radial head fracture. The clinician should attempt to identify changes to hand function, neuropathic pain, weakness, or changes to sensation. Can Fam Physician. Medial ligament strain (golfer's elbow). Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for treating lateral elbow pain in adults. 28. This material may not otherwise be downloaded, copied, printed, stored, transmitted or reproduced in any medium, whether now known or later invented, except as authorized in writing by the AAFP. 35. Med Clin North Am. Lateral epicondylitis. Meals RA. Medial epicondylar tendinopathy has a lower incidence than lateral epicondylopathy (tennis elbow), with the former containing only 9 to 20% of all epicondylopathy diagnoses. 2011;19(1):17–26. J Bone Joint Surg Am. Evaluation of overuse elbow injuries. afpserv@aafp.org for copyright questions and/or permission requests. Fields KB. Abstract Elbow medial collateral ligament sprain occurs when the elbow is subjected to a valgus force exceeding the tensile properties of the medial collateral ligament (MCL). Stadnick ME. Light up the elbow section of your brain and master the assessment, diagnosis and clinical reasoning of elbow pain with Part 1 in this elbow … Stevens KJ, The 5-Minute Sports Medicine Consult. PLAY. Konin GP, Gravity. The 5-Minute Sports Medicine Consult. J Shoulder Elbow Surg . A normal joint space will open less than 3 mm, with a firm end point.7,8,12 The moving valgus stress test (Figure 4) has a 100% sensitivity and a 75% s… Elbow injuries. 13. Upper extremity injuries account for 65% of injuries in children, of which fractures and dislocations of the elbow are the second most common. Soft tissue infections. Peripheral nerve entrapment and injury in the upper extremity. Biceps tendon and triceps tendon injuries. Compared with MRI, computed tomography has a limited role in the evaluation of chronic elbow pain. In: Seidenberg PH, Beutler AI, eds. Lateral epicondylitis. 32. SHAWN F. KANE, MD, is a staff family physician/primary care sports medicine physician at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, N.C.... JAMES H. LYNCH, MD, MS, is a staff family physician/primary care sports medicine physician at Womack Army Medical Center. 2006;5(5):233–241. The hook test, which involves the examiner hooking the biceps tendon with his or her fingertip, will confirm an intact tendon and may assist in localizing the pain generator (Figure 2). 3.1 Elbow Diagnoses. Most conditions that cause chronic elbow pathology are clinical diagnoses; imaging may be used to confirm the diagnosis before further intervention or referral. Nursemaid's elbow; Supracondylar fracture Pink MM. A thorough history and physical examination is critical to determine the likelihood of medial epicondylitis. [Medline] . Course of the ulnar nerve at the medial elbow and the three distinct bands of the ulnar collateral ligament. Bisset L, MRI web clinic–November 2003. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plk7G2s8V30, Chronic Daily Headache: Diagnosis and Management. Vicenzino B. 8. Garg R, Radiation of pain from shoulder or wrist injuries. Long-term follow-up of corticosteroid injection for traumatic olecranon bursitis. The information on differential diagnosis is based on the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) clinical guideline Suspected cancer - recognition and referral [], expert opinion in review articles on tennis elbow [Ahmad, 2013; Tosti, 2013] and on elbow pain [Kane, 2014; Javed, 2015; Descatha, 2016]. Ellenbecker TS, Cervical Radiculopathy. Clin Sports Med. Don't miss a single issue. 2013;(5):CD003686. Long-term follow-up of corticosteroid injection for traumatic olecranon bursitis. McCarthy D. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug-related gastrointestinal toxicity: definitions and epidemiology. 3rd ed. Plain radiography is the initial choice for the evaluation of acute injuries and is best for showing bony injuries, soft tissue swelling, and joint effusions. Search form. Tennis elbow is estimated to have a prevalence of 1-3% of the population. Assendelft WJ, Rehabilitation of the elbow following sports injury. Trauma such as a fall from a cliff with an outstretched arm can lead to elbow dislocations and fractures. This injury is easy to observe, as the patient will likely be in severe pain and have a fractured coronoid process with a deformed olecranon protruding posteriorly. J Prolotherapy. Write. Also searched were the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality evidence reports, the Cochrane database, Essential Evidence Plus, the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, and the National Guideline Clearinghouse database. On physical examination, the patient reports pain at the posterior elbow with resisted extension, and tenderness at the triceps insertion.27, Valgus extension overload syndrome is a condition that presents in younger athletes who are subjected to repetitive valgus stresses while in hyperextension (i.e., javelin throwers). Allen AA. Want to use this article elsewhere? Orthopaedic Clinical Examination: An Evidence-Based Approach for Physical Therapists. 1995;77(7):1065–1069. 2nd ed. Biceps rupture. Porter Adventist Hospital. A = consistent, good-quality patient-oriented evidence; B = inconsistent or limited-quality patient-oriented evidence; C = consensus, disease-oriented evidence, usual practice, expert opinion, or case series. Bell SN, Data Sources: A PubMed search was completed in Clinical Queries using the key terms elbow pain, epicondylitis, bursitis, radial tunnel, cubital tunnel, and impingement. Armstrong AD. Both radial tunnel syndrome and lateral epicondylitis are primarily a clinical diagnosis. Hariri S, Preston DC. The location and quality of elbow pain can generally localize the injury to one of the four anatomic regions: anterior, medial, lateral, or posterior. Author disclosure: No relevant financial affiliations. Neurosurg Clin N Am. Clin Sports Med. When evaluating the elbow, division of the examination into specific anatomic areas is critical. Radiographics. Magnetic resonance imaging is the preferred imaging modality for chronic elbow pain. If a patient is <35 , it is important to consider differential diagnosis (growth plate disorder, referral from the cervical spine. Pieczynski TE, Uncommon etiologies of anterior elbow pain include intra-articular processes such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. The differential diagnosis of elbow joint pain is quite long (see Table). Medial epicondylitis Medial epicondylitis affects the inner tendons in the elbow, and is commonly called golfer’s elbow and little leaguer’s elbow. Am Fam Physician. Search dates: January 15, 2012; June 27, 2012; and December 5, 2013. A prospective randomized study comparing a forearm strap brace versus a wrist splint for the treatment of lateral epicondylitis. - Differential diagnosis for lateral elbow pain - Differential diagnosis for medial elbow pain - Basic rehabilitation program for lateral epicondylalgia - Pro-inflammatory treatment options - Program for return to tennis after elbow tendinopathy* RELATED TOPICS. Vidal AF, Reprinted with permission from Stadnick ME. 2014 Apr 15;89(8):649-657. Diagnosis and treatment of medial epicondylitis of the elbow. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or musculoskeletal ultrasonography can be used to demonstrate continuity and changes in caliber of the tendon.4. Stevens KJ, Elbow part 5 - Anterior & medial elbow pain assessment & diagnosis with David Pope When we think of elbow pain, the lateral aspect is the one that springs to mind first. Pattanittum P, Brukner, P. & Khan, K. 2010 Clinical Sports Medicine ed 3, McGraw-Hill, Australia, NSW. STUDY. Neal SL, Weinstein PS, Colorado Joint Replacement. Mariscalco MW, Accessed March 12, 2014. Adamson GJ, Accessed July 1, 2015. / afp (Atlas of Human Anatomy ed. Scott A, In contrast, radial tunnel syndrome typically presents as a pure pain syndrome without any objective clinical muscular weakness.15,19,23. Once again ultrasound imaging or MRI may be needed to confirm the grade of UCL sprain. Differential Diagnosis of Knee Pain November 11, 2016. Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Epicondylitis in the athlete's elbow. Upper extremity injuries in the adolescent athlete. Nerve injuries about the elbow. The primary nerve of the medial elbow is the ulnar nerve. Pain is exacerbated with resisted forearm pronation and resisted wrist flexion. Smidt N. Green S, Cochrane Database Syst Rev. Assendelft WJ, Differential diagnosis. Reprints are not available from the authors. MANAGEMENT OF ELBOW PAIN FROM LATERAL AND MEDIAL EPICONDYLITIS Once the diagnosis is made, treatment can be directed at the exact cause of the pain. Little League Elbow Syndrome. Aaron DL, Elbow and Forearm Overuse Injuries. 2004;23(4):707–722, xi. Curr Sports Med Rep. Kaw P, Deu R. Radial tunnel syndrome. Hauser RA, 26. The medial epicondylitis physical exam should look for increased carrying angle (greater than 10° in males, 15° in females); pain with point tenderness over the tip of the medial epicondyle extending distally 1 to 2 inches along the common flexor origin (usually PT and FCR); pain/weakness of wrist flexors and pronators with elbow extended and possible loss of full extension of elbow. Vidal AF, NSAIDs = nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Elbow part 5 - Anterior & medial elbow pain assessment & diagnosis with David Pope When we think of elbow pain, the lateral aspect is the one that springs to mind first. Aetiology. The most important examination for a possible UCL injury is assessment of the medial joint space laxity or instability against valgus forces. Freehill MT, Durrant AW. To start off with we will take an anatomy approach of the medial elbow, identifying structures and tests for each. Differential Diagnosis. The peak incidence is between 40 and 50 years of age. Removal from activity Rehabilitation: RICE. Physical examination will assist in differentiation by location of pain … Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. It is a tendinopathy of the common flexor tendon, usually the flexor carpi radialis and the pronator teres.1,5, Patients typically report the insidious onset of pain at the medial elbow with or without accompanying grip-strength weakness. Learn. Clin Sports Med. To clinically identify a wrist flexor strain, individual muscles of the wrist flexors would need to be assessed for strength, length and pain by knowing origins, insertions and actions of the each muscle. Sports-related injuries of the biceps and triceps. A = consistent, good-quality patient-oriented evidence; B = inconsistent or limited-quality patient-oriented evidence; C = consensus, disease-oriented evidence, usual practice, expert opinion, or case series. Hayter CL, The history should include questions about the onset of pain, what the patient was doing when the pain started, sports played, and the frequency of participation. Anatomy, Epiphyseal Development and Elbow Ossification The elbow joint is articulated proximally by the humerus and distally by the r… A differential diagnosis generated from the history guides the physical examination. are three joints present at what is referred to as “the elbow Medial or Lateral Epicondylitis: Differential Diagnosis of Isolated Elbow Pain and Treatment, Part 1 Spontaneous intracranial hypotension remains an underdiagnosed etiology of new-onset headache. The biceps tendon is a relatively common source of pain in the anterior elbow. SHAWN F. KANE, MD; JAMES H. LYNCH, MD, MS; and JONATHAN C. TAYLOR, MD, Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Philadelphia, Pa.: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2011:502–503. (B) While constant valgus torque on the elbow is maintained, the elbow is quickly flexed and extended. 37. JONATHAN C. TAYLOR, MD, is a staff family physician at Womack Army Medical Center. Landau ME. Testing includes sitting with the patient's elbow in 90┬░ flexion and passively extending the elbow, while supinating and extending the wrist. 2009;17(4):617–638, v. 6. Operative treatment of medical epicondylitis. 22. McNally EG. Anatomy and biomechanics of the elbow. Hatch JD. Information from references 4, 14, 15, 17, and 24 through 36. Aaron DL, Kayiaros S, The elbow is a complex joint designed to withstand a wide range of dynamic exertional forces. The examiner's finger is used to hook under the distal biceps tendon. Am Fam Physician. Differential Diagnosis. Simulation showing injury. It may be superior to MRI in detecting soft tissue calcification, such as myositis ossificans or intra-articular bodies. Table 1 provides the differential diagnosis of elbow pain by anatomic location. Plain radiography also has a role in the evaluation of chronic conditions such as enthesopathy, bone spurs, and osteochondral diseases.18 At a minimum, anteroposterior and lateral plain radiography should be performed at the initial visit.37. The articular surface most commonly injured within the elbow is the radial aspect of the joint, which can present as lateral elbow pain. Differential diagnosis . About ... little and ring finger. The MCL is also prone to concurrent injury with me- dial epicondylitis. Diagnosis is fairly straightforward in the setting of a suggestive history. Patient education: Elbow tendinopathy (tennis and golf elbow) (Beyond the Basics) O'Connor FG, Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatments. Diagnosis is confirmed by bursal fluid analysis.25 By contrast, patients with aseptic olecranon bursitis may present with a history of minor trauma to the elbow and a boggy, nontender mass over the olecranon without redness, warmth, limited range of motion, or other signs of infection.26 Because aspiration of bursae can be associated with complications such as introducing infection, this should be performed only when the diagnosis is uncertain or to relieve symptoms in refractory cases.24, Tendinopathy at the triceps insertion occasionally occurs in weight lifters or industrial workers in whom repetitive elbow extension against resistance is required. Terms in this set (18) Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Capitellum. 5 Common Types of Elbow Injuries. 4. Ann Rheum Dis. 27. McAdams TR. Men and women are affected equally. Hauser MA, Understanding the anatomy and the physical forces of movement will aid in diagnosis.2, Enlarge Delo M. Ulnar collateral ligament injuries of the elbow. Evaluation of overuse elbow injuries. Gabel GT, 34. Figure 3. Clin Sports Med. Landau ME. Ulnar collateral ligament injury in the overhead athlete. Four common types of bursitis: diagnosis and management. Lateral and medial epicondylitis are two of the more common diagnoses and often occur as a result of occupational activities. As with lateral epicondylitis, it typically occurs in the 4th to 5thdecades of life. Clin Sports Med. Walz DM, Common tendinopathies in the upper and lower extremities. In patients with signs of compressive ulnar neuropathy at the cubital tunnel, a physical examination of the upper extremities and cervical spine is essential to rule out other compressive neuropathies. Curr Sports Med Rep. With the middle finger test, the patient attempts to resist a downward applied force to the fully extended middle finger. Weakness and pain when resisting wrist flexion and pain with gripping are also signs of flexor/pronator tendinopathy. / Journals It was initially described by Henry Morris as “lawn tennis arm” in 1882 9 and now most commonly termed as tennis elbow. Van Hofwegen C, - Differential diagnosis for medial elbow pain - Elbow examination findings and diagnosis - Range of motion the elbow and wrist; RELATED TOPICS. Salyapongse A, 2009;35(1):45–62. 8(April 15, 2014) Adamson GJ, Quismorio FP Jr. Radial tunnel syndrome - this is due to compression of the posterior interosseous nerve, and tenderness is more distal and more anterior. A person with medial epicondylitis typically experiences pain when they bend the wrist toward the forearm. Young CC, Walrod B. Lateral epicondylitis. Nirschl RP. 2010;29(4):577–597. 2009;93(2):285–315, vii. Engineering, University of Denver. 5: pg 424 & 426, Frank H. Netter, MD, 2011). The differential diagnosis for plica of the elbow includes radiocapitellar arthritis, osteochondral lesions, radial tunnel syndrome, lateral epicondylitis, loose bodies, instability, and snapping triceps (over the medial epicondyle) (4,5,14,15 and 16).The latter three clinical entities closely mimic symptoms of plicae and are important to rule out. 2010;29(4):619–644. MRI web clinic–November 2003. http://www.radsource.us/clinic/0311. If lateral and medial epicondylitis treatments are unsuccessful, ulnar neuropathy and radial tunnel syndrome should be considered. Bones of the elbow: (A) anterior view, (B) posterior view, and (C) lateral view. For information about the SORT evidence rating system, go to https://www.aafp.org/afpsort. It can be present in both older and younger patients, but like most tendinopathies, epicondylitis is mostly prevalent in middle age. Lateral epicondylitis. Spell. Weinstein PS, Shankwiler JA, Treating nonseptic olecranon bursitis: a 3-step technique. 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