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"Short-term Effects of Steroid Injection, Kinesio-taping or Both on Pain, Grip Strength and Functionality of Patients with Lateral Epicondylitis

A Single-blinded Randomized Controlled Trial"

Koçak, Fatmanur Aybala MD, Asist. Prof. Dr.; Kurt, Emine Eda MD, Assoc. Prof. Dr.; Şaş, Senem MD, Physiatrist; Tuncay, Figen MD, Prof. Dr.; Erdem, Hatice Rana MD, Prof. Dr.

American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: March 26, 2019 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - p
doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000001184
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Objective To compare the efficacy of steroid injection (SI) and kinesio-taping (KT) in the treatment of lateral epicondylitis.

Design A total number of 84 patients were randomized into three groups. Group-1 was given SI, group-2 received KT, and group-3 received both. Pain was measured using a visual analogue scale, functional status was measured using a quick form of the Disabilities of Arm-Shoulder-Hand (DASH) questionnaire, pain-free grip strength was measured using a dynamometer, and the pressure pain threshold was measured using an algometer. All evaluations were performed before treatment and at the third and twelfth weeks after the treatment.

Results Twenty-eight patients were included in each group. A statistically significant difference was found between the pre and post-treatment evaluations of all groups in the third and twelfth weeks after treatment. When group-1 and group-2 were compared, there was a significant difference only in pain-free grip strength measured in the 12th week. The results of treatment in group-3 patients were significantly better in almost all evaluation parameters compared with the other groups.

Conclusion In the treatment of lateral epicondylitis, KT alone was found to be as effective as SI alone. However, co-administration of SI and KT is more effective compared with each treatment alone.

Ahi Evran University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Bağbaşi Mah. Şehit Sahir Kurutluoğlu Cad. No: 100 40100, Kirşehir, Turkey, faybalarem@gmail.com, ORCID No:0000-0002-2224-3324

Ahi Evran University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Bağbaşi Mah. Şehit Sahir Kurutluoğlu Cad. No: 100 40100, Kirşehir, Turkey, eedakurt@gmail.com, ORCID No:0000-0003-1237-8580

Ahi Evran University Training and Research Hospital, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Bağbaşi Mah. Şehit Sahir Kurutluoğlu Cad. No: 100 40100, Kirşehir, Turkey, senemsas@gmail.com, ORCID No:0000-0002-5616-5723

Ahi Evran University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Bağbaşi Mah. Şehit Sahir Kurutluoğlu Cad. No: 100 40100 Kirşehir, Turkey, figentuncay3206@hotmail.com, ORCID No:0000-0002-0886-2006

Ahi Evran University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Bağbaşi Mah. Şehit Sahir Kurutluoğlu Cad. No: 100 40100, Kirşehir, Turkey, hranaerdem@hotmail.com, ORCID No:0000-0001-8275-7645

Corresponding Author: Fatmanur Aybala Koçak, MD, Asistant Professor, Ahi Evran University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Kirşehir-TURKEY, Address: Bağbaşi Mah. Şehit Sahir Kurutluoğlu Cad. No: 100 40100 Merkez/Kirşehir/Turkey, e-mail address: faybalarem@gmail.com, telephone: +905052470739

Author Disclosures: This manuscript describes original work and is not under consideration by any other journal. The authors declare that they have no competing interests and they approved the manuscript and this submission. This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

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