Author(s): Bakurt F, Ozcan A, Algun C
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of naproxen (10\%) applied by topical iontophoresis or by phonophoresis in the treatment of lateral epicondylitis. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. SETTING: Dokuz Eylül University School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. SUBJECTS: This study was carried out with 61 patients who had lateral epicondylitis. They were randomized into two groups. INTERVENTIONS: Naproxen was applied to the first group using phonophoresis (29 patients--33 extremities) and to the second group using iontophoresis (32 patients--34 extremities). Patients in both groups were treated by other physiotherapy methods (cold pack, progressive strengthening and stretching exercises). OUTCOMES: Pain scores (at rest, during motion, with pressure, weight lifting), grip strength and Nirschl-Petterone Grading System were evaluated before and after treatment. RESULTS: Pain scores decreased, grip strength and Nirsch-Petterone Grading System statistically significantly increased in both groups after treatment (p < 0.05), but there were no statistical differences between groups before or after treatment (p > 0.05). CONCLUSION: The results suggest that iontophoresis and phonophoresis of naproxen are equally effective electrotherapy methods in the treatment of lateral epicondylitis.
This article was published in Clin Rehabil
and referenced in Journal of Novel Physiotherapies