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Title: The Effect Of Wrist Joint Splinting During Management of Tennis Elbow
Authors: Ashraf Ramadan Hafez Ibraheem PhD
Keywords: tennis elbow, stretching exercises of wrist extensors, ultrasonic therapy and deep friction massage, splinting
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: AlAzhar Science Medicine journal
Abstract: Background and purpose: Overuse injuries of the elbow and forearm are very common in athletes. Many sports leads to repetitive forced elbow flexion-extension or wrist motion and consequently cause these syndromes in athletes. This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of wrist joint support during management of tennis elbow. Subjects and methods: The study included fourty patients with tennis elbow with age ranged from 30 to 50 years divided into two equal groups, the first group with mean age 38.1±0.294 followed a physical therapy program in form of stretching exercises of wrist extensors, ultrasonic therapy and deep friction massage on the proximal attachment of wrist extensor muscles, three sessions per week for 6 weeks. The second group with mean age 37.6±0.253, submitted to the previous physical therapy program as in the first group in addition to using wrist splint during treatment period. Outcome measures were universal goniometer to measure ROM of wrist extension and flexion, visual analogue scale to measure the pain severity, and squeezing sphygmomanometer to test the power of hand grip. Results: There was a significant improvement in pain, ROM of wrist flexion and extension, and hand grip after treatment in second group. In first group, there was a significant improvement in pain, ROM of wrist flexion and extension, and no significant improvement of hand grip. But with comparison of post measures in both groups, the significant improvement in ROM of wrist flexion and wrist extension, and hand grip in second group is more than first one while no significant difference in pain. Discussion and Conclusion: This study showed that wrist splint may be beneficial in the management of tennis elbow patients and this may be due to the reduction of tension inside and outside the common extensors of the wrist during the movement, so controlling the inflammation.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/14695
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