Background Lateral Epicondylitis or tennis elbow is a frequently encountered clinical entity characterized by pain in the region of the lateral epicondyle of the humerus which is aggravated during resisted dorsiflexion of the wrist. Tendinopathy is the most often mentioned cause and is characterized by a lesion of the common extensor tendon with or without inflammation. Over 40 treatment options are described. Nevertheless, many of these treatments are not supported by strong scientific evidence.
Objectives To compare the immediate effect of using kinesiotape and lateral epicondylitis bandage on painless, maximal grip and wrist extension strength.
Methods Ten subjects with an average age of 45±10 years and who had lateral epicondylitis and a duration of pain for 4.30 hours/day were assessed. The assessments were carried out consecutively while not wearing anything, with kinesiotape and with epicondylitis bandage. To avoid carry over effect between kinesiotape and epicondylitis bandage 20 minutes interval was given between applications. Maximal and painless grip and wrist extension strength was measured with Baseline Standard Hydraulic Hand Dynamometer.
Results Painless grip strength was higher under kinesiotape when compared with not wearing anything and wearing epicondylitis bandage (p<0.05). No difference was found for wrist strength between the three conditions.
Conclusions The results of this study imply that kinesiotape application can be considered as an option in the treatment of tennis elbow. For more conclusive results, studies with larger numbers of subjects and randomized controlled trials are needed.
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