Ryan Seacrest gets elbow surgery to repair torn tendon (News)


Ryan Seacrest gets elbow surgery to repair torn tendon


Ryan Seacrest has apparently been suffering from elbow tendonitis. It is difficult to tell from the information given whether this is lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) or medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow). In either case, both are very similar problems, and can be treated by a similar treatment algorithm.

The patients are educated about the cause and treatment options for lateral epicondylitis of the elbow. The  common extensor mass, particularly the ECRB, have a poor blood supply just distal to the origin. This makes the muscle-tendon unit prone to injury. This also makes the injury slow to heal. The factors that will delay healing include smoking, diabetes, and repetitive forceful activity with the arm. Rest of the arm is the most important factor in healing. The best long term results are in patients treated conservatively, which would include supervised therapy, rest, anti-inflammatory medications, and counterforce bracing.

Cortisone injection at the ECRB tendon origin can be an effective method of pain relief, but it is still important to rest the arm to allow the injured tissue to heal.  Symptoms will persist for at least 6-12 months, and in patients over 60 years of age it can take two years to completely resolve.  Surgery is rarely indicated, and is usually reserved for patients that have failed 18 months of conservative treatment. The overall success rate of surgery is approximately 70%.  An MRI is usually performed prior to surgery to help confirm the diagnosis and evaluate the injured structures. An MRI is usually not necessary early in treatment unless there is confusion about the diagnosis.

Ryan Seacrest gets elbow surgery to repair torn tendon.

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