Denervation of the humeral epicondyles

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Persistent humeral epicondylar pain is most often related to the lateral humeral epicondyle and is termed “tennis elbow.” When nonoperative or traditional orthopedic techniques to relieve this pain have proven ineffective, then it is appropriate to consider relief of pain by resection of the nerves that transmit this pain message. This approach, termed denervation, must resect branches of the posterior cutaneous nerve of the forearm, implanting these branches into the lateral head of the triceps muscle. A similar approach is available for persistent medial epicondylitis, “thrower’s or golfer’s elbow,” resecting the nerve to the medial humeral epicondyle and implanting this nerve into the medial head of the triceps muscle. This chapter presents the anatomic and clinical evidence to support this approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTennis Elbow
Subtitle of host publicationClinical Management
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781489975348
ISBN (Print)9781489975331
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Cutaneous nerve
  • Denervation
  • Nerve block
  • Neuroma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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