A randomized controlled trial on pain, grip strength, and functionality in lateral elbow pain: Mulligan vs muscle energy techniques

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Key Points

  1. Lateral elbow tendinopathy is common and is often referred for physiotherapy treatment.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Lateral elbow tendinopathy (LET) or tennis elbow is a common painful condition that limits upper limb function (1) and is the most common cause of persistent elbow pain, accounting for two-thirds of all cases. Physiotherapy is the most common treatment that patients with LET are referred for, and can comprise of active modalities such as exercise, or passive modalities such as manual therapy techniques.

The aims of this study were to compare the short-term effects of mobilization with movement (MWM) and muscle energy techniques (MET) on pain, grip strength, and function in patients diagnosed with LET.

Lateral elbow tendinopathy is a common painful condition that limits upper limb function and is the most common cause of persistent elbow pain.
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There is strong evidence of benefit from physiotherapy treatment for lateral elbow tendinopathy in the short term but no difference in the medium or long term.

METHODS

  • This study was designed as a randomized, controlled, double-blinded prospective trial.
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