What is the outlook for people with tennis elbow?

Overall, 90% to 95% of patients with tennis elbow will improve and recover with the treatment plan described previously.

However, about 5% of patients will not get better with "conservative" therapy and will need surgery to repair the injured muscle-tendon unit around the elbow. Eighty percent to 90% of patients who have surgery will improve with pain relief and return of strength to unlimited activities.

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