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Surgical treatment of repetitive strain injuries of the hand and arm

Repetitive strain injuries sometimes appear in the hands and arms. These injuries can be sports-related or caused by ergonomic problems in the workplace and repetitive movements. Common repetitive strain injuries include finger tendon inflammations, which manifest as the condition known as trigger finger, and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), which causes pain in the elbow.

Acute tendon inflammations are treated with rest, sometimes even with splinting. Cortisone injections can sometimes speed up the healing process. Surgery can be considered if other forms of treatment prove ineffective or if the problem recurs. Tennis elbow is almost exclusively treated non-surgically; rest, cortisone injections, physiotherapy and correction of any ergonomic problems usually suffice.