Lateral epicondylitis, commonly referred to as tennis elbow, is a condition that affects between 1 to 3 percent of the adult population. It is a common condition where you feel pain and tenderness on the outer part of your elbow, which is usually a result of overuse or strain of the forearm muscles. Among the various treatment options, shock wave therapy has emerged as a potential solution, particularly for its long-term benefits.
Understanding the Study Methodology
A study published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine investigated the effectiveness of shockwave therapy for lateral epicondylitis over a longer duration of one to two years. The study involved 57 patients diagnosed with lateral epicondylitis of the elbow. Among them, 43 patients were followed up over a period of one to two years, providing valuable insights into the long-term effects of shockwave therapy. An additional control group of six patients underwent a sham procedure to ensure the accuracy of the results. The therapy itself entailed administering 1000 impulses of shockwaves at 14 kV to the affected area using an orthopedic lithotripter. The effectiveness of the therapy was assessed using a detailed 100-point scoring system that evaluated key parameters such as pain, function, strength, and elbow range of motion.
The study’s findings underscored the positive impact of shockwave therapy on lateral epicondylitis. Patients who received a single treatment session experienced significant relief, with 61.4% reporting freedom from complaints and 29.5% showing substantial improvement. Importantly, none of the patients reported worsening pain after treatment. In contrast, the control group exhibited no changes in their symptoms, highlighting the clear efficacy of shock wave therapy.
Comparing Results and Implications
A direct comparison between the treatment group and the control group revealed statistically significant differences in pain, functional, strength, and range of motion scores. As discussed above, the treatment group showed substantial improvements, with an impressive 61.4% of patients reporting freedom from complaints. Recurrent symptoms were observed in only a small fraction of patients, further reinforcing the therapy’s long-term benefits and potential for long-term relief.
The study concluded that shockwave therapy is a safe and effective treatment modality for lateral epicondylitis of the elbow. With its non-invasive nature and demonstrated efficacy, shock wave therapy offers hope to patients experiencing limitations in elbow function.
How to Leverage Shockwave Therapy for Lateral Epicondylitis
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