What is included in the acute phase of physical therapy for lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)?

Updated: Oct 30, 2018
  • Author: Bryant James Walrod, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Strength training, exercise, and stretching have been shown to decrease pain in patients with lateral epicondylitis. [19] It is important to have the patients progress from concentric to eccentric exercises and then stress eccentric exercises when the individual is able to tolerate them. NSAID iontophoresis is also an effective method of treating pain from lateral epicondylitis, but corticosteroid iontophoresis has not been shown to be effective. [19] Occupational therapy can be employed in an attempt to modify the workplace environment to eliminate aggravating activities.


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