A standardized clinical series for work-related lateral epicondylitis

Che Hin Chan, Wai Ping Cecilia Tsang, L. K. Hung, P. C.W. Lam

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Abstract

This study was a clinical series to pilot test the benefits of a 6-week standardized program designed for a group of patients with work-related lateral epicondylitis. The program was formulated based on a dose-and-response model. A total of 15 female patients were recruited. All patients were involved in educational sessions, home exercise, and progressive work-hardening training. Patients were assessed at admission, predischarge, and 4th week and 12th week follow-ups. The results indicated significant improvements in pain intensity (p < .05), isometric strength and endurance (p ≤ .01), self-perceived performance competence (p ≤ .03), and satisfaction with performance (p ≤ .03) between admission and predischarge. The patients maintained a low pain intensity and high satisfaction within the follow-up period. The program appeared to improve patients' work capacities and satisfaction with performance, but at the same time keep the symptoms at a low level. The control of the pain level and self-initiated optimization of work exposure were important features of a standardized program. Large-scale randomized clinical studies should be conducted to further test its efficacy for this particular patient population.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-152
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2000

Keywords

  • Clinical series
  • Dose-and-response model
  • Work injuries
  • Work-related epicondylitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Occupational Therapy

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