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Trauma Mon. 2013 Sep;18(2):71-4. doi: 10.5812/traumamon.12450. Epub 2013 Aug 13.

Effects of taping on pain, grip strength and wrist extension force in patients with tennis elbow.

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1
Exercise Physiology Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran.
2
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR, Iran.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Tennis elbow (TE) is a common musculotendinous degenerative disorder of the extensor origin at the lateral humeral epicondyle. Different modes of treatment are used for management of tennis elbow.

OBJECTIVES:

This study investigated the effect of the taping technique (TT) on pain, grip strength and wrist extension force in treatment of tennis elbow.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

Thirty patients (16 men /14 women with a mean age of 32.2 years) with tennis elbow of their dominant arm participated in this study. Outcome measures were assessment of pain at the lateral aspect of the elbow, grip strength and wrist extension force before and five to ten minutes after application of elbow tape on the affected and unaffected arms. A Visual Analog Scale was used to assess pain. A dynamometer and a hand-held dynamometer were used for evaluation of grip strength and wrist extension force, respectively.

RESULTS:

Among the variables, significant differences were found in wrist extension forces between effected and unaffected arms (P = 0.02). Changes in grip strength showed statically significant improvements in the affected arm compared to the unaffected arm (P = 0.03). Also, in assessment of pain at the lateral epicondyle, the mean change between affected and unaffected arms was significant, with P = 0.001.

CONCLUSIONS:

The taping technique, as applied in this study demonstrates an impressive effect on wrist extension force and grip strength of patients with TE. Elbow taping also reduces pain at the lateral aspect of the elbow in these patients.

KEYWORDS:

Elbow; Hand Strength; Pain; Therapy

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