Lateral elbow tendinopathy: Evidence of physiotherapy management

World J Orthop. 2016 Aug 18;7(8):463-6. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v7.i8.463.


Lateral elbow tendinopathy (LET) is a common musculoskeletal/sports injury. A plethora of physiotherapy techniques has been proposed in the management of LET. The exercise programme is the most common treatment in the management of LET. The optimal protocol of exercise programme is still unknown. The effectiveness of the exercise programme is low when it is applied as monotherapy. Therefore, exercise programme is combined with other physiotherapy modalities such as soft tissue techniques, external support, acupuncture, manual therapy and electrotherapy, in the treatment of LET. Future research is needed to determine which treatment strategy combined with exercise programme will provide the best results in LET rehabilitation.

Keywords: Eccentric training; Electrotherapeutic modalities; Isometric exercises; Lateral elbow tendinopathy; Lateral epicondylitis; Manipulation; Physical modalities; Physical therapy; Stretching; Tennis elbow.

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