Effects of acupuncture treatment in reducing pain in patients with tennis elbow

Jajaova, Ljubica and Nikolovska, Lence (2017) Effects of acupuncture treatment in reducing pain in patients with tennis elbow. International Journal Knowledge, 19 (4). pp. 1385-1390. ISSN 2545-4439


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Tennis elbow is also called epicondylitis of the humerus and is manifested as pain in the lateral epicondyle of he humerus. It is a form of overuse syndrome. Etiology, Pathology and Clinical Manifestation: According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Tennis elbow ensues when there is local Qi stagnation and blood stasis causing pain and reduced flexibility of the elbow. In most cases, Qi stagnation and blood stasis is due to chronic strain in occupations that require frequently repeated rotation of the forearm. Improper exertion contributes significantly. The most frequent area of pain is on the lateral side of the elbow, i.e. along the Large Intestine channel, but pain can sometimes occur immediately above the tip of the olecranon (i.e. along the Triple burner channel) or between the olecranon and the medial condyle of the humerus (i.e. along the Small Intestine channel). Occasionally, pain occurs on the medial surface of the arm along the Lung channel. The pain often radiates upwards or downwards along the Large Intestine channel. In some cases, pain can radiate from about L.I.11, downwards along the Large Intestine channel. Numbness and tingling can also be experienced down the arm and fingertips. The characteristic symptoms are aching pain in the lateral elbow and weakness of the flexed elbow. There may be pain in the forearm as well. The degree of severity fluctuates; when severe, pain may radiate to the shoulder and back. The lateral epicondyle is tender to pressure, and pain may be precipitated or aggravated by rotation of the forearm or flexion of the wrist against resistance. The first requirement is to avoid further injury by stopping the precipitating activity and any activity that requires routine extension and flexion of the elbow. If necessary, restrain the elbow joint. Treatment If an elbow joint is affected, the acupuncture treatment is applied mostly to that joint and can eliminate pathogenic factors directly (Wind-Cold-Damp). The treatment is practically the same for acute or chronic cases apart of course for the intensity of needle manipulation which, following general principles, would be more vigorous in acute cases.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Medical and Health Sciences > Health sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Medical Science
Depositing User: Lence Nikolovska
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2017 13:44
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 13:44
URI: http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/18773

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