Sunday, October 01, 2006

Tennis Elbow Needs More Than a Shot in the Arm

New direction for treating tennis elbow type injuries ...

"A corticosteroid injection may provide temporary relief from the pain of tennis elbow, but only physiotherapy or a "wait and see" approach actually relieves the problem over the long term, Australian researchers report.

Tennis elbow, formally called lateral epicondylitis, is a common cause of elbow pain. However, the condition is not the result of inflammation, but results from small tears of the tendons that attach the muscles of the forearm to the arm bone at the elbow joint.

"Patients and their health care practitioners should be mindful that the rapid resolution brought about by corticosteroid injections is associated with poorer long term results when compared to both physiotherapy and a wait-and-see approach," noted lead researcher Bill Vicenzino, an associate professor of physiotherapy at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland.

"We found that patients allocated to physiotherapy appeared to express greater satisfaction with their overall management, in that they sought out far fewer other treatments over the 12-month period of the study," he added."    (Continued via Yahoo! News)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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