Comparison of two ultrasonographic localization techniques for the treatment of lateral epicondylitis with extracorporeal shock wave therapy: A randomized study

Gianluca Melegati, Davide Tornese, Marco Bandi, Manuela Rubini

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Abstract

Objective: To describe and compare two ultrasonographic localization techniques for the treatment of lateral epicondylitis with extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT). Design: Forty-one subjects selected through clinical examination were randomly assigned to two groups of treatment. Interventions: Each subject received a three-session ultrasound-guided ESWT (performed weekly). Lateral tangential focusing was used in group A, whereas back tangential focusing was used for group B. Main outcome measures: Total Elbow Scoring System (TESS) and a visual analogue scale (VAS) were used to evaluate each subject before the treatment and at six months follow-up. Results: TESS and VAS pretreatment scores were homogeneous between the groups (p > 0.05). In both groups there was a significant (p <0.05) increase in the TESS score and a decrease in the VAS score but there was no resolution of the pain. TESS and VAS follow-up scores were homogeneous between the two groups (p > 0.05). Conclusions: There was no difference between the two techniques of using ESWT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-370
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Rehabilitation
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)

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