Tennis Elbow (cont.)

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Can tennis elbow be prevented?

Avoiding repetitive movements and injuries to the forearm tendons caused by heavy lifting can prevent tennis elbow. The use of proper tennis techniques may also prevent tennis elbow.

What research is being done on tennis elbow?

Many treatments are being investigated in tennis elbow including the following:

  • Platelet-rich plasma injections (involves injecting a patient's own plasma into the affected area after special preparation)
  • Autologous blood injections (injecting a sample of the patient's own blood, often using ultrasound guidance, into the area of chronic tendon injury)
  • Acupuncture
  • Botulinum (Botox) injection
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (uses acoustic waves for treatment)
  • Prolotherapy (uses injections in the affected area to promote healing)


Klippel, J.H., et al. Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases. 12th ed. Atlanta, Ga: Arthritis Foundation, 2001.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/24/2013

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