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Shock Wave Therapy for Tennis Elbow

A recently published study in a leading Rheumatology journal found practically no evidence to support shock wave therapy in the treatment of tennis elbow.

Tennis elbow is referred to medically as lateral epicondylitis.

The study was done in a double blind randomized manner and had a placebo control component.

At the end of the study, which extended six weeks, three months and six months after treatment it was concluded that this form of treatment for tennis elbow at least is no more effective than any other form of treatment.

Shock wave therapy is sometimes done on other parts of the body as well for inflammatory conditions and this study was not applied to any area other than the elbow. No other conclusions should be drawn.