Game but not match for steroid injections in tennis elbow

Treating tennis elbow with a corticosteroid injection may provide short-term improvement, but is detrimental in the longer term with a high rate of recurrence, an Australian study shows.

Other novel injection therapies, such as sclerosing agents and autologous blood, also appear to be no better than placebo or wait-and-see approaches, say the Queensland-based researchers.

In a randomised controlled trial involving 44 patients with tennis elbow, those given a corticosteroid injection reported complete recovery or much improvement after four weeks — a result that was significantly better than for