Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery

, Volume 119, Issue 1, pp 62–66

Shock-wave therapy for tennis and golfer’s elbow – 1 year follow-up

  • O. Krischek
  • C. Hopf
  • B. Nafe
  • J.-D. Rompe
Original article

DOI: 10.1007/s004020050356

Cite this article as:
Krischek, O., Hopf, C., Nafe, B. et al. Arch Orth Traum Surg (1999) 119: 62. doi:10.1007/s004020050356

Abstract

Thirty patients with chronic medial epicondylitis were treated with low-energy shock waves. They received 500 impulses of 0.08 mJ/mm2 three times at weekly intervals. At 1 year follow-up examinations were performed. According to the Verhaar criteria, only seven patients reached excellent or good results. In eight cases a fair outcome was recorded, and in 14 patients the outcome was poor. Only six patients were satisfied with the treatment. The average relief of pain was 32%. These data were significantly worse than for identically treated patients with chronic tennis elbow. Thus, the question arises as to whether extracorporal shock-wave therapy is indicated in medial epicondylitis.

Key words Medial epicondylitisShock-wave therapyLack of effectiveness

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • O. Krischek
    • 1
  • C. Hopf
    • 1
  • B. Nafe
    • 2
  • J.-D. Rompe
    • 1
  1. 1.Orthopaedic University Hospital Mainz, Langenbeckstrasse 1, D-55101 Mainz, GermanyDE
  2. 2.Institute for Medical Statistics, Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz, GermanyDE