X-rays reveal the cause of two-year pain for man treated for tennis elbow

17th May 2011

A man who spent two years in excruciating pain while being treated ineffectively for tennis elbow was discovered to have a needle stuck in his elbow following X-rays at his local hospital.

Stephen Oliver spent two years undergoing steroid injections for tennis elbow, which were becoming increasingly painful and having no effect, before he was finally referred to the hospital for x-rays.

It was then found that part of a hypodermic needle was embedded under his skin, the Daily Mail reported.

Mr Oliver said: "I was convinced something was wrong but was told the injection must have hit a nerve - I was denied any further inspection of the arm, despite repeated requests for an x-ray or scan of the area and I was assured that the symptoms I was experiencing were typical of tennis elbow."

He is now claiming damages against the doctors who treated him at the NHS-run GP centre and the musculoskeletal unit of a nearby hospital.

Tennis elbow cannot be seen on an x-ray, which may explain why the doctors never sent Mr Oliver to the hospital for the image test.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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