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Chir Organi Mov. 2008 Jan;91(1):35-40. doi: 10.1007/s12306-007-0006-3. Epub 2008 Feb 10.

No effect of forearm band and extensor strengthening exercises for the treatment of tennis elbow: a prospective randomised study.

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Uniklinik Balgrist, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.


The objective of this prospective randomised study was to analyse the effect of the forearm support band and of strengthening exercises for the treatment of tennis elbow. Twenty-nine patients with 30 tennis elbows were randomised into 3 groups of treatment: (I) forearm support band, (II) strengthening exercises and (III) both methods. The patients had a standardised examination at their first visit, and then after 6 weeks, 3 months and 1 year. At the latest follow-up, there was a significant improvement of the symptoms compared to before treatment (p<0.0001), considering all patients independently of the methods of treatment. However, no differences in the scores were found between the 3 groups of treatment (p=0.27), indicating that no beneficial influence was found either for the strengthening exercises or for the forearm support band. Improvement seems to occur with time, independent of the method of treatment used.

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