Lateral epicondylitis (LE), also known as tennis elbow, has an estimated prevalence of 1 to 3%, and the dominant arm is commonly affected. It more frequently occurs between 40 and 60 years and usually affects women.[1-3] The diagnosis of LE is made clinically and it is based on a history of pain and tenderness, localized to lateral epicondyle. Although the diagnosis of LE is clear, to date, no gold-standard treatment has been established.
Lateral epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow, is an overuse syndrome of the common extensor tendon and predominantly affects the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) tendon. Epidemiology Lateral epicondylitis occurs with a frequency seven...
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Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a form of ultrasound treatment designed to stimulate a healing response from damaged tissues. In a recent study published in the Journal of Musculoskeletal Surgery, researchers found this modality effective in 75.7% of patients with tennis elbow. Follow-ups took place an average of two years later where these improvements were maintained. Of course, this modality was used in conjunction with a stretching and strengthening program of the elbow.
Ultrasound Therapy for Tennis Elbow. Ultrasound guided therapy can be employed to reduce pain associated with elbow pain and restore normal functions as soon as possible. This form of therapy has provided great relief for most tennis elbow sufferers. The latest in ultrasound therapy for tennis elbow is the ultrasound-guided needle therapy.
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Dec. 6, 2002 (Chicago) -- From tennis elbow to jumper's knee, a new ultrasound needle treatment reduced pain and restored function in 65% of patients treated, according to researchers at a meeting...
The researchers concluded that Ultrasonography is a valuable and reliable screening tool for detected tendon tears associated with tennis elbow. This is an important finding, as MRI is expensive compared to ultrasound, and much less comfortable for the patient.
Treatments Tests. Your doctor may recommend additional tests to rule out other causes of your problem. X-rays. These may be taken to rule out arthritis of the elbow. Diagnostic Ultrasound. Using an in-office ultrasound machine, your doctor can quickly diagnosis tennis elbow. Magnetic Resonance ...