Lateral epicondylalgia – it’s not all about eccentric exercise

While eccentric exercise is certainly the most investigated approach to this condition there are other options to consider, especially when it comes to pain relief. As Martinez-Silvestrini et al. explain: “… Lateral [epicondylalgia] is often related to forceful grip activities requiring isometric contraction of the wrist flexors and extensors.”1 Isometric contractions have been shown to induce short-term analgesia in patella tendinopathy – so applying this to the elbow may be just as valuable. And that’s not the only pain-relieving exercise available.

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1. Martinez-Silvestrini JA, Newcomer KL, Gay RE, Schaefer MP, Kortebein P, Arendt KW. Chronic lateral epicondylitis: Comparative effectiveness of a home exercise program including stretching alone versus stretching supplemented with eccentric or concentric strengthening. J Hand Ther. 2005;18(4):411-420. doi:10.1197/j.jht.2005.07.007.

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