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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 93-96

Effect of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy on pain, pressure pain threshold, and pain-free grip strength in participants with lateral epicondylitis


Department of Medical Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Khalid University, Abha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Ravi Shankar Reddy
Department of Medical Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Khalid University, Abha
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/sjsm.sjsm_16_17

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Objective: The objective of this study was to examine the effectiveness of pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy on pain, pressure pain threshold (PPT), and pain-free grip strength (PFGS) in participants with lateral epicondylitis (LE). Methods: A total of 22 participants with LE were included in this pre- and post-test study. All participants received 6 weeks of PEMF therapy. Visual analog scale (VAS) was used to record pain levels, pressure algometer was used to measure PPT in kg/cm2, and a handheld dynamometer was used to measure PFGS in kg. Results: All the participants improved following 6 weeks of PEMF therapy. VAS score decreased from 7.82 to 3.11, PPT improved from 2.95 kg/cm2 to 4.84 kg/cm2, and PFGS improved from 18.6 kg to 22.1 kg. All the outcome measures showed statistically significant differences (P < 0.001) following pre- and post-comparisons. Conclusion: PEMF treatment was effective in decreasing pain and improving function in participants with LE.


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