Dr. Walter G. Stanwood: Sometimes in my office patients come in with complaints of pain around the biceps near the elbow, sometimes those complaints, well, seemingly at the biceps can actually be part of a lateral epicondylitis-type picture or a medial epicondylitis picture, which have the lay terms of tennis’ elbow and golfer’s elbow respectively. All three of them, frankly, can be managed without surgery in the vast majority of patients. Here at the office, we have physical therapy. We can plug you in with them. We can do cortisone injections if needed. Banding has also been used in the lateral epicondylitis and medial epicondylitis.
It’s debatable whether or not they help. I think we have an evolution in our thinking around epicondylitis and that we used to do more surgery for it. There’s an evolving idea that this is part of passing through middle life. And as long as we can help you manage the symptoms and maintain a quality of life, your body will work itself out and the pain will abate ultimately.