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Int Orthop. 2008 Oct;32(5):671-7. Epub 2007 Jun 6.

Resistant tennis elbow: shock-wave therapy versus percutaneous tenotomy.

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Orthopaedics, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt.

Abstract

Fifty-six patients who suffered from chronic persistent tennis elbow of more than six months duration were randomly assigned to two active treatment groups. Group 1 (n = 29) received high-energy extracorporeal shock wave treatment (ESWT; 1,500 shocks) at 18 kV (0.22 mJ/mm(2)) without local anaesthesia; group 2 (n = 27) underwent percutaneous tenotomy of the common extensor origin. Both groups achieved improvement from the base line at three weeks, six weeks, 12 weeks and 12 months post-intervention. The success rate (Roles and Maudsley score: excellent and good) at three months in the ESWT group was 65.5% and in the tenotomy group was 74.1%. ESWT appeared to be a useful noninvasive treatment method that reduced the necessity for surgical procedures.

PMID:
17551726
PMCID:
PMC2551723
DOI:
10.1007/s00264-007-0379-9
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