Comparison of Conservative Methods for the Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis: A Randomized, Prospective Study

Therapuetic Areas:Orthopedics / Podiatry
Age Range:18 - 65
Start Date:March 2012
End Date:June 2019
Contact:Tuna Ozyurekoglu, MD

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This is a prospective study where patients with lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) will be
randomized into one of 4 possible treatments. The purpose is to individually examine the
efficacy of each treatment, and determine if one treatment method is more effective than
another. The four treatments are: corticosteriod injections, prolotherapy, NSAIDs
(non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) combined with physical therapy, and a placebo.

Inclusion Criteria:

- pain over the lateral epicondyle (via palpation over the lateral epicondyle, resisted
wrist extension, resisted finger extension of the middle finger) for less than
six-months duration prior to enrollment

- conservative treatment of tennis elbow is recommended as standard of care treatment

- over the age of 18 and under the age of 65

- ability to give informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

- treatment by a health care profession (MD, physicians assistnat, therapist, or nurse
practitioner) within the previous 6 months for tennis elbow

- congenital deformities, tendon ruptures, or fractures of the elbow within the previous
12 months

- immobility casts or splints within the last 6 months for tennis elbow

- co-existing elbow diagnosis (i.e. osteoarthritis or instability)

- pregnant women, women trying to get pregnant, or breastfeeding women

- under the age of 18 or over the age of 65
We found this trial at
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
Principal Investigator: Tuna Ozyurekoglu, MD
Phone: 502-562-0390
Louisville, KY
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