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Chiropractic treatment of lateral epicondylitis: a case report utilizing active release techniques. J Chiropr Med 2014 Jun;13(2):104-9



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OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this report is to describe the chiropractic management of a case of lateral epicondylitis with active release techniques (ART).

CLINICAL FEATURES: A 48-year-old white man presented to a chiropractic clinic with a complaint of left lateral elbow pain that began 2 years previous with insidious onset. The patient reported an inability to play 18 consecutive holes of golf due to the pain.

INTERVENTION AND OUTCOME: Treatment consisted of 5 sessions of ART (a soft tissue technique that is applied to muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves) applied to the left elbow soft tissue over a duration of 3 weeks. The patient reported an absence of pain and ability to consistently play 18 consecutive holes of golf up to 3 times per week at 4 and 8 weeks post-treatment.

CONCLUSION: This patient with lateral epicondylitis responded favorably to chiropractic treatment using the application of ART, as demonstrated by reduced pain and increased functional outcomes.

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Gliedt JA, Daniels CJ


Jordan Gliedt DC Assistant Professor in the Neurosurgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin

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