Low-energy extracorporal shock wave therapy for persistent tennis elbow

Int Orthop. 1996;20(1):23-7. doi: 10.1007/s002640050021.


Fifty patients who suffered from persistent tennis elbow for more than 12 months, and were referred for surgical treatment, were assigned at random to 2 groups of low-energy extracorporal shock wave therapy. Group I received a total of 3000 impulses of 0.08 mJ/mm2; group II (controls) 30 impulses of 0.08 mJ/mm2. Follow up was after 3 and 12 weeks. We found no significant differences between the 2 groups before treatment, there was but significant relief of pain and improvement of function in group I with good or excellent outcome in 56% at the last evaluation.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lithotripsy* / methods
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain Measurement
  • Tennis Elbow / diagnosis
  • Tennis Elbow / physiopathology
  • Tennis Elbow / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome