Long-Term Efficiency Of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy On Lateral Epicondylitis

Acta Orthop Belg. 2017 Sep;83(3):438-444.


Lateral epicondilytis is a frequent cause of elbow pain in the adult age population. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) effective on long term clinical and functional results in the treatment on patients with lateral epicondylitis. Forty-six patients suffering from lateral epicondylitis for at least 3 months were treated in this study. Clinical evaluation scoring system tests were used before an done year after the treatment for each patients. The VAS improved from 9,3 to 1.8, and the Nirschl values improved from 6,4 to 4.3. In the control group, VAS improved from 8,4 to 7, and the Nirschl values improved from 6,8 to 6,1. ESWT application to LE patients those are resistent to the theraphy, carries beneficial effects to the long term which was previously stated fort he short term, both clinically and functionally.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Conservative Treatment
  • Elbow Joint / physiopathology
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Musculoskeletal Pain / etiology
  • Pain Measurement
  • Tennis Elbow / complications
  • Tennis Elbow / physiopathology
  • Tennis Elbow / therapy*
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome