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Effectiveness of extracorporeal shock wave therapy for tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  1. D Stasinopoulos1,
  2. M I Johnson2
  1. 1Centre of Rheumatology and Rehabilitation, Athens, Greece and Department of Health and Environment, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK
  2. 2Leeds Metropolitan University
  1. Correspondence to:
 D Stasinopoulos
 Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Centre, Orfanidou 16, Patissia, Athens 11141, Greece;


Randomised controlled trials were reviewed to evaluate the evidence of the effectiveness of extracorporeal shock wave therapy in the management of tennis elbow. Seven relevant trials were found, which had satisfactory methodology but conflicting results. Further research with well designed randomised control trials is needed to establish the absolute and relative effectiveness of this intervention for tennis elbow.

  • ESWT, extracorporeal shock wave therapy
  • RCT, randomised control trial
  • extracorporeal shock wave therapy
  • lateral epicondylitis
  • tennis elbow

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  • Competing interests: none declared