Background Lateral epicondylitis, commonly known as “tennis elbow,” is a prevalent musculoskeletal condition affecting up to 3% of the population, primarily in individuals over 40 years old. It leads to pain and dysfunction at the lateral epicondyle, primarily involving the tendons of forearm extensor muscles, innervated by the radial nerve. Recent insights suggest a multifactorial etiology, questioning the traditional tendinopathy model. Neurodynamics, exploring nerve mechanics, emerges as a potential treatment approach. Methods A systematic review following PRISMA guidelines searched multiple databases for clinical trials investigating neurodynamic interventions for lateral epicondylitis. Inclusion criteria involved lateral epicondylitis patients receiving neurodynamic treatment, with pain, disability, and functional improvement as primary outcomes. Results Six studies met the inclusion criteria. Neurodynamic techniques, including radial nerve mobilization and home exercises, showed positive outcomes. Significant pain reduction, improved grip strength, and increased ulnar deviation angle were observed in several studies. However, heterogeneity in study design, follow-up durations, and small sample sizes limit conclusive evidence. Conclusion Neurodynamic treatment, particularly radial nerve mobilization, appears promising in alleviating pain and improving nerve mechanosensitivity in lateral epicondylitis. High-quality research is needed to establish its efficacy, considering the limitations in existing studies. A multidisciplinary approach and standardized patient inclusion criteria should be emphasized to advance the management of this condition.

Effectiveness of neurodynamic treatment in managing lateral epicondylitis: a systematic review / Roberto Tedeschi, Daniela Platano, Gianluca Melotto, Danilo donati. - In: MANUELLE MEDIZIN. - ISSN 0025-2514. - ELETTRONICO. - 62:(2024), pp. 1-8. [10.1007/s00337-024-01063-z]

Effectiveness of neurodynamic treatment in managing lateral epicondylitis: a systematic review

Roberto Tedeschi
Primo
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
;
Daniela Platano
Supervision
;
Danilo donati
Ultimo
Supervision
2024

Abstract

Background Lateral epicondylitis, commonly known as “tennis elbow,” is a prevalent musculoskeletal condition affecting up to 3% of the population, primarily in individuals over 40 years old. It leads to pain and dysfunction at the lateral epicondyle, primarily involving the tendons of forearm extensor muscles, innervated by the radial nerve. Recent insights suggest a multifactorial etiology, questioning the traditional tendinopathy model. Neurodynamics, exploring nerve mechanics, emerges as a potential treatment approach. Methods A systematic review following PRISMA guidelines searched multiple databases for clinical trials investigating neurodynamic interventions for lateral epicondylitis. Inclusion criteria involved lateral epicondylitis patients receiving neurodynamic treatment, with pain, disability, and functional improvement as primary outcomes. Results Six studies met the inclusion criteria. Neurodynamic techniques, including radial nerve mobilization and home exercises, showed positive outcomes. Significant pain reduction, improved grip strength, and increased ulnar deviation angle were observed in several studies. However, heterogeneity in study design, follow-up durations, and small sample sizes limit conclusive evidence. Conclusion Neurodynamic treatment, particularly radial nerve mobilization, appears promising in alleviating pain and improving nerve mechanosensitivity in lateral epicondylitis. High-quality research is needed to establish its efficacy, considering the limitations in existing studies. A multidisciplinary approach and standardized patient inclusion criteria should be emphasized to advance the management of this condition.
2024
Effectiveness of neurodynamic treatment in managing lateral epicondylitis: a systematic review / Roberto Tedeschi, Daniela Platano, Gianluca Melotto, Danilo donati. - In: MANUELLE MEDIZIN. - ISSN 0025-2514. - ELETTRONICO. - 62:(2024), pp. 1-8. [10.1007/s00337-024-01063-z]
Roberto Tedeschi, Daniela Platano, Gianluca Melotto, Danilo donati
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