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J Chiropr Med. 2014 Jun;13(2):104-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jcm.2014.06.009.

Chiropractic treatment of lateral epicondylitis: a case report utilizing active release techniques.

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Chiropractic Physician, Private Practice, Gilbert, AZ.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this report is to describe the chiropractic management of a case of lateral epicondylitis with active release techniques (ART).

CLINICAL FEATURES:

A 48-year-old white man presented to a chiropractic clinic with a complaint of left lateral elbow pain that began 2 years previous with insidious onset. The patient reported an inability to play 18 consecutive holes of golf due to the pain.

INTERVENTION AND OUTCOME:

Treatment consisted of 5 sessions of ART (a soft tissue technique that is applied to muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves) applied to the left elbow soft tissue over a duration of 3 weeks. The patient reported an absence of pain and ability to consistently play 18 consecutive holes of golf up to 3 times per week at 4 and 8 weeks post-treatment.

CONCLUSION:

This patient with lateral epicondylitis responded favorably to chiropractic treatment using the application of ART, as demonstrated by reduced pain and increased functional outcomes.

KEYWORDS:

Chiropractic; Lateral humeral epicondylitis; Musculoskeletal manipulations; Tennis elbow

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