Treating tennis elbow (lateral epicondylalgia) with corticosteroid injections are beneficial in the short term but harmful in the long term

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Corticosteroid injections for the treatment of tennis elbow are beneficial in the short term (0–12 weeks) but harmful in the long term. It is therefore ethically questionable to spend resources on this treatment from both patient and societal perspectives. If offered, it is imperative that patients be informed about the harmful effects corticosteroid injections may induce.

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Published: 10/15/2014
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