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Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2010 Aug;89(8):668-71. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0b013e3181c567af.

Posterior interosseous nerve palsy as a complication of friction massage in tennis elbow.

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Department of Neurology, Shin-Kong WHS Memorial Hospital, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan.

Abstract

Friction massage is a commonly used physical therapy that is usually safe and without complication. We report an unusual case of posterior interosseous nerve palsy that arose after friction massage. Electrophysiologic findings confirmed a focal neuropathy 4-6 cm distal to the lateral epicondyle. The neurologic symptoms resolved completely 2 mos after discontinuation of friction massage. This case experience broadens the spectrum of etiologies of posterior interosseous nerve palsy. Nerve conduction studies may be a useful adjunct to a thorough physical examination to confirm the diagnosis and is important to prognostic evaluation, if unexplained neurologic symptoms develop after certain physical therapy procedures. Further treatment includes avoiding compression and observation.

PMID:
19966559
DOI:
10.1097/PHM.0b013e3181c567af
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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