Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a condition affecting the tendons of the elbow which connect the muscles of the forearm to the upper arm bone. It may be associated with tiny tears in the fibres of the tendon and is usually caused by overuse or injury. Symptoms include pain in the outer part of the elbow, weakness or stiffness. In extracorporeal shockwave therapy, a machine is used to deliver sound waves to the painful area. This is thought to stimulate healing of the tendons.
Success rates for extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) range from 68% to 91% (Furia, 2005, Ko, Chen & Chen, 2001, Ozturan et al., 2010, Radwan et al., 2008, Rompe et al., 2004, Rompe et al., 1997, Spacca, Necozione & Cacchio, 2005).
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