Physiotherapy approach for treating lateral epicondilalgia
ID Urbančič, Špela (Author), ID Vauhnik, Renata (Author)

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Lateral epicondylitis, a tendinopathy affecting forearm extensor muscles, results from overuse and commonly manifests as pain over the lateral humeral epicondyle. The extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) is implicated, particularly during forceful gripping. The condition is prevalent in the 35-45 age group and it affects 1-3% of the population, with symptoms lasting two years and reoccurring after asymptomatic periods. Considering the economic impact of lateral epicondylalgia-related sick leave, therapeutic focus must emphasize long-term as well as short-term efficacy. Treatment approaches include drugs, rest, physiotherapy and surgery. Platelet-rich plasma proves highly effective, reducing pain and work absenteeism. Severe cases may require surgical approach, with studies questioning the benefits of surgery over a placebo. Pain management involves shockwave therapy, ultrasound, friction massage, eccentric exercises, stretching, and orthoses. Shockwave therapy stands out for its rapid pain relief and long-term efficacy. The combination of exercises and kinesiotaping is effective, while high-intensity laser therapy has limited evidence. Functionality improves with manual therapy, stretching, and strengthening exercises. Orthoses may negatively impact hand function. Grip strength correlates closely with functionality, with therapeutic exercise and manual therapy showing significant long-term results.

Keywords:lateral epicondylalgia, tendinopathy, rehabilitation, physiotherapy approach
Work type:Scientific work
Typology:1.06 - Published Scientific Conference Contribution (invited lecture)
Organization:ZF - Faculty of Health Sciences
Publication status:Published
Publication version:Version of Record
Number of pages:Str. 29-33
PID:20.500.12556/RUL-154966 This link opens in a new window
DOI:10.55295/PSL.2024.I5 This link opens in a new window
COBISS.SI-ID:188492547 This link opens in a new window
Publication date in RUL:12.03.2024
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Title:Socratic Lectures : 10th international symposium, Ljubljana, 9. December 2023
Editors:Veronika Kralj-Iglič, Yelena Istileulova, Anna Romolo
Place of publishing:Ljubljana
Publisher:University of Ljubljana Press
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