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Revista de la Sociedad Española del Dolor

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ARAYA QUINTANILLA, F.  and  MOYANO GALVEZ, V.. Exercise therapy for lateral epicondylalgia: systematic review. Rev. Soc. Esp. Dolor [online]. 2015, vol.22, n.6, pp.253-270. ISSN 1134-8046.

The lateral epicondylalgia is one of the most common injuries of the arm; with the muscle extensor carpi radialis brevis (ERCB) affected the structure, repetitive motion, rapids and monotonous, mainly affects between 1-3% of the general population, being more common in women. Therapeutic exercise is one of the key elements in programs designed for the management of this condition. There will be a synthesis of evidence through a systematic review of randomized clinical trials that established the effectiveness of exercise therapy in the management of these patients. The aim of this review is to determine whether there is scientific evidence to support the clinical effectiveness of exercise therapy alone or in a treatment program for adult patients with LE. The search strategy included randomized clinical trials (RCTs) and controlled clinical trials (CCTs) databases were used: Medline, CINAHL, PEDro, Central, Lilacs. The results obtained were thirty-six articles that met our eligibility criteria. We conclude that there is moderate evidence shows that therapeutic exercise alone compared with a single intervention, decreases pain, improves function and increases strength pain free in short, medium and long term. There is strong evidence that exercise therapy reduces pain, increases strength and free from short-term pain. There is strong evidence that exercise therapy reduces pain, increases strength and improves functionality in the short, medium and long term.

Keywords : Tennis elbow; Lateral epicondilytis; Exercise therapy; Home based exercise; Randomized clinical trial.

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