Lateral epicondylitis (LE) of the elbow is a frequently encountered condition in general practice. The aim of the study was to assess efficacy of local corticosteroid injection in treatment of lateral epicondylitis.
Materials & methods: In this study, we included 60 patients treated with local steroid injections in lateral Epicondylitis and regular follow up was done. Pain intensity and functional outcomes were measured using Visual Analogue Scale (VAS). Patients with lateral epicondylitis of at least 6 weeks' duration were included whereas patients with bilateral involvement, Infection, tumours of upper extremity, Pregnancy and Uncontrolled Diabetes were excluded. Regular follow up was taken at 2, 8 & 24 weeks.
Results: in this study, 60 patients were included out of which 18 were male and 42 were female patients with 30-50 years was major age group affected. Corticosteroid injections revealed improvement in pain and functional status in first 4 weeks and further improvement up to 6 weeks which then remained constant up to 6 months without any complications. Recurrence of symptoms was noticed in 16 patients at 10-12 weeks post injection.
Conclusion: Corticosteroid injections have a short-term beneficial effect combined with rehabilitation.