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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 151-154

Analyzing short and long-term results of various nonsurgical treatment modalities in lateral epicondylitis

Department of Orthopaedics, Government. Medical College, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

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Muzamil Ahmad Baba
Department of Orthopaedics, Government. Medical College, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
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DOI: 10.4103/1319-6308.142373

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Background: Lateral epicondylitis (LE) is a common disorder and as of now no consensus exists as to the most appropriate management strategy for lateral epicondylitis. Aim: To compare the outcome of different nonsurgical treatment modalities in lateral epicondylitis. Materials and Methods: One hundred and twenty patients were randomly distributed in three groups. Group A patients received 2 ml of corticosteroid injection, Group B 2 ml of autologous blood, and Group C 2 ml of 5% dextrose. The visual analogue scale (VAS) scores were recorded at preprocedure and postprocedure at 4 weeks and 6 months. Results: The mean VAS scores changed at 4 weeks from a preprocedure mean of 7 to 3 in Group A, 8 to 5 in group B, and a mean of 7 to 6 in group C. The VAS scores changed at 6 months from 7 to 5 in Group A, 8 to 2 in group B, and 7 to 5 in group C. Conclusion: In our study, although corticosteroid showed an early advantage over the autologous blood group, but long-term follow-up results were better for autologous blood group. It is hence proposed that further research studying the effect of combination of steroid followed later by an autologous blood injection would show the efficacy of this combined treatment modality.

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