Department| Volume 19, ISSUE 4, P440, October 2006

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The Effect of Oscillating Energy Manual Therapy on Lateral Epicondylitis: A Randomized, Placebo-control, Double-blinded Study

      Symptoms of lateral epicondylitis (LE) are attributed to degenerative changes and inflammatory reactions in the common extensor tendon induced by microscopic tear in the tissue after repetitive or overload functions of the wrist and hand extensor muscles. Conventional treatments, provided on the premise of inflammatory basis of LE, have shown 39–80% failure rate. An alternative approach suggests that symptoms of LE could be due to active tender points that develop in the origin of hand and wrist extensor muscles after overuse or repetitive movements. Oscillating energy manual therapy (OEMT), also known as V-spread, is a craniosacral manual technique that has been clinically used for treating tender points over the suture lines in the skull. Considering that symptoms of LE may result from active tender points, the purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of localized tender point treatments with OEMT on pain, grip strength, and functional abilities of subjects with chronic LE.
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