[Acupuncture for lateral epicondylitis]

Department of Science and Technology - Brazilian Health Technology Assessment General Coordination
Record ID 32006001454
Authors' objectives:

To determine the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of adults with lateral epicondylitis in terms of pain relief, improvement of function, grip strength and adverse effects.

Authors' recommendations: There is insufficient evidence either to support or to refuse acupuncture (with needle or laser) in the treatment of lateral elbow pain. This review showed that needle acupuncture is beneficial in the short term in terms of pain relief, but this conclusion is based on the results of two small trials which could not be combined in a meta-analysis. No benefit lasting more than 24 hours after the treatment was shown. No trial evaluated commented on potential adverse effects. More trials using appropriate methods and suitably-sized samples are necessary before any conclusion can be reached concerning the effects of acupuncture on tennis elbow.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2005
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Brazil
MeSH Terms
  • Acupuncture Therapy
  • Tennis Elbow
Organisation Name: Coordenação-Geral de Fomento à Pesquisa e Avaliação de Tecnologias em Saúde, Departamento de Ciência e Tecnologia
Contact Address: Ministerio da Saude, Secretaria de Ciencia, Tecnologia e Insumos Estrategicos, Departamento de Ciencia e Tecnologia, Esplanada dos Ministerios, Edificio sede; bl "G" - 8 andar - SL 834, CEP: 70058-900, Brasilia, DF Brazil, Tel: +55 61 3315 3197 Fax: +55 61 3315 3850
Contact Name: suzanne.jacob@saude.gov.br
Contact Email: suzanne.jacob@saude.gov.br
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