This study by Smidt and colleagues addresses a controversial clinical
problem familiar to orthopaedic surgeons, sports-medicine physicians,
family physicians, and those involved in occupational medicine.
The study compares three commonly used nonsurgical treatment regimens
for tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis). Corticosteroid injections
provided short-term benefits that were not sustained. At one year,
a seemingly appropriate physiotherapy regimen did not confer any
obvious, immediate, or sustained benefit when compared with a wait-and-see