Acupuncture for Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow
Tennis Elbow

Using the Best Evidence Synthesis Approach, there is strong evidence suggesting that acupuncture is effective in short-term pain relief for lateral epicondyle pain.

Lateral epicondyle pain is a common complaint in North America.  In the past 10 years, acupuncture is becoming increasingly recognized as an alternative treatment for pain, including epicondyle pain.  This review will evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for lateral epicondylitis using the appropriate analysis.

Online bibliographic database searches in any language from MEDLINE, PsychINFO, CINAHL, Healthstar, PMID, CAM, EMBASE, Cochrane Database of Systematic Review (3rd Quarter 2003), articles listed in reference lists of key articles and the author’s personal files were performed.  Randomized and quasi-randomized controlled trials examining the effects of acupuncture on lateral epicondyle pain were selected.  From the 6 studies that met inclusion criteria the first author, year of publication, population studied, drop out rate, treatment plan, assessment scale, and outcome measures were extracted.  Study quality was determined by using the Jadad scale in which all studies were rated as high quality.  A Best Evidence Synthesis Approach (BESA) was used to analyze the data presented in the 5 studies.

All the studies suggested that acupuncture was effective in the short term relief of lateral epicondyle pain.

We conclude that there is strong evidence suggesting that acupuncture is effective in the short-term relief of lateral epicondyle pain.

Published by

David Drysdale

David Drysdale has worked as an Osteopath in the West End of Glasgow since 1996. David combines a wide range of techniques when treating a patient, ranging from Osteopathic Manipulation, Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Nutrition and Exercise. Treatments are tailored for the Patient. It is understood that some people simply do not like osteopathic manipulation, while others like Deep Tissue Massage, or benefit from Cranio-Sacral Therapy. There are different ways of treating people who are in pain, and providing the treatment that works for you is very important. Osteopathy is well known for treating Headaches, Neck & Back Pain, but many other conditions such as migraines, frozen shoulder and arthritis can all respond well to good Osteopathic treatment.

Many Thanks…………….. Davy Drysdale

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