Defocussed Nd-YAG laser therapy in the treatment of humeral epicondylitis

G. Melegati, D. Miglio, S. Respizzi, E. Giani, P. Volpi, G. S. Roi

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The treatment of epicondylitis in athletes (usually called tennis elbow) is regarded as a difficult problem, since neither simple topical management to surgery can be relied on to give satisfactory results. Physiotherapeutic administration of a defocussed Nd-YAG laser beam has recently been proposed as a further means of overcoming the functional impotence associated with tennis elbow, and has given encouraging results in our division over a period of about two years. A comparison is made between a group of athletes treated in this way and a conventionally managed control group (local cryotherapy, topical sodic dichlophenac and ketoprophene iontophoresis). Evaluation of the subjective symptomatology with the visual analogue scale showed that a significant improvement (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-122
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Sports Traumatology and Related Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1994


  • Epicondylitis
  • Nd-YAG laser
  • Physiotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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