Comparison of Two Combined Therapeutic Methods for Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis

A

Azad University of Medical Sciences

Status and phase

Terminated
Phase 4

Conditions

Lateral Epicondylitis

Treatments

Drug: Triamcinolone Acetonide- Indomethacin-Cryotherapy-Casting

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT00554476
RCT-246910-06

Details and patient eligibility

About

To compare the effectiveness of two combined therapeutic methods including corticosteroid injections with elbow cast versus ice massage and non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Full description

Design: Randomized clinical trial. Setting: Boo-Ali and Baqyiatallah Hospital in Tehran. Patients: 50 randomly selected patients, in two groups of 25 subjects. Interventions: Corticosteroid injections with elbow cast versus icing and NSAIDs. Outcome measures: Patients were evaluated for outcomes, complications and patients' satisfaction at 2nd, 4th, and 12th week after beginning of treatment. We measured the pain severity by Visual Analogue Scale (VAS).

Sex

All

Ages

18 to 70 years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • pain at the lateral side of the elbow
  • pain at the lateral epicondyle during resisted dorsiflexion of the wrist with the elbow in full extension, or resisted extension of middle finger at the metacarpophalangeal joint
  • pain to be continued for longer than 6 weeks or even with recurrent pain during similar period

Exclusion criteria

  • previous history of receiving any treatment for lateral epicondylitis within 6 months prior to intervention
  • patients who were unable to return for follow up
  • patients with nerve entrapment
  • pregnancy
  • breast-feeding
  • presence of systemic neuromuscular disorders such as myasthenia gravis
  • upper limb fractures
  • other arm/forearm pathology such as radial nerve compression
  • known thrombocytopenia
  • coagulopathy or bleeding diathesis
  • history of diffuse pain syndrome
  • history of inflammatory arthropathy
  • intolerance/allergy to corticosteroids or NSAIDs or any contraindication for these
  • untreated depression
  • history of narcotic use for pain management greater than 1 month or history of narcotic abuse problem

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

Trial contacts and locations

0

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