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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Apr;93(4):604-9. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2011.10.012. Epub 2012 Jan 10.

Effectiveness of myofascial release in the management of lateral epicondylitis in computer professionals.

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Myofascial Therapy and Research Foundation, Kerala, India. ajimshaw.ms@gmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate whether myofascial release (MFR) reduces the pain and functional disability of lateral epicondylitis (LE) in comparison with a control group receiving sham ultrasound therapy in computer professionals.

DESIGN:

Randomized, controlled, single blinded trial.

SETTING:

Nonprofit research foundation clinic in Kerala, India.

PARTICIPANTS:

Computer professionals (N=68) with LE.

INTERVENTIONS:

MFR group or control group. The techniques were administered by certified MFR practitioners and consisted of 12 sessions per client over 4 weeks.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:

The Patient-Rated Tennis Elbow Evaluation (PRTEE) scale was used to assess pain severity and functional disability. The primary outcome measure was the difference in PRTEE scale scores between week 1 (pretest score), week 4 (posttest score), and follow-up at week 12 after randomization.

RESULTS:

The simple main effects analysis showed that the MFR group performed better than the control group in weeks 4 and 12 (P<.005). Patients in the MFR and control groups reported a 78.7% and 6.8% reduction, respectively, in their pain and functional disability in week 4 compared with that in week 1, which persisted as 63.1% in the follow-up at week 12 in the MFR group.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study provides evidence that MFR is more effective than a control intervention for LE in computer professionals.

PMID:
22236639
DOI:
10.1016/j.apmr.2011.10.012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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