Clinical Commentary| Volume 21, ISSUE 1, P15-17, January 2008

Clinical Commentary in Response to: The Effects of Oscillating-Energy Manual Therapy on Lateral Epicondylitis: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, and Double-Blinded Study

      We commend Nourbakhsh and Fearon for performing clinical research related to the treatment interventions of lateral epicondylosis during this day and age of evidence-based practice. Today's competitive health care environment forces hand therapists to advance our profession by being critical of the literature when choosing effective treatment interventions. There are several elements that hand therapists should consider to make educated decisions for treatment interventions from the hand therapy body of evidence. The areas we examined to assist us with reviewing this study included 1) the current best evidence regarding the histopathology of lateral epicondylosis, 2) reliable and validated outcome measurements to measure effects of interventions for this condition, 3) treatment effect to generalize this treatment to our patient population, and 4) short- and long-term follow-up of study patients.
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