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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 3079247, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/3079247
Research Article

Manipulation Therapy Relieved Pain More Rapidly Than Acupuncture among Lateral Epicondylalgia (Tennis Elbow) Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial with 8-Week Follow-Up

1Division of Chinese Acupuncture and Traumatology, Center of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Taoyuan Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, No. 123, Dinghu Road, Guishan District, Taoyuan 333, Taiwan
2Division of Chinese Acupuncture and Traumatology, Center of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, No. 5, Fu-Hsing Street, Guishan District, Taoyuan 333, Taiwan
3Division of Chinese Acupuncture and Traumatology, Center of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Keelung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, No. 222, Maigin Road, Anle District, Keelung 204, Taiwan
4Division of Chinese Internal Medicine, Center of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Taoyuan Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, No. 123, Dinghu Road, Guishan District, Taoyuan 333, Taiwan

Received 17 February 2016; Revised 16 March 2016; Accepted 20 March 2016

Academic Editor: Andreas Sandner-Kiesling

Copyright © 2016 Chung-Yuan Hsu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Radial bone adjustment manipulation treatment may be effective to reduce pain rapidly in lateral epicondylalgia patients and the pathological tension in the biceps brachii muscle is highly concerned. To prove this hypothesis, we conducted a randomized controlled trial and included 35 patients with lateral epicondylalgia for more than 2 months. Either manipulation treatment () or acupuncture () was given to these patients for 2 weeks and all patients’ symptoms were followed up for 8 weeks after treatment. Both groups demonstrated changes in pain VAS score, grip strength, and DASH questionnaire. Lateral epicondylalgia patients who received manipulation treatment felt pain relief sooner than those who had acupuncture treatments during the first few treatments. However, both acupuncture and manipulation are effective, while the difference has no significance at the 8-week follow-up. The trial was registered with Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN81308551 on 5 February 2016.