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Laser radiation in tennis elbow treatment: a new minimally invasive alternative
Author(s): Stefan Paganini; Dietmar R. Thal; Klaus Werkmann
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Paper Abstract

The epicondylitis humeri radialis (EHR) (tennis elbow), is a common disease in elbow joint pain syndromes. We treated patients with chronic pain for at least one year and no improvement with conservative or operative therapies with a new minimal invasive method, the EHR-Laser radiation (EHR- LR). With this method periepicondylar coagulations were applied to the trigger points of the patients. For this the previously established technique of facet joint coagulation with the Nd:Yag-laser was modified. In a follow-up study of between 6 weeks and 2 years all patients reported either a significant pain reduction or were symptom free. EHR-LR is a new method situated between conservative and surgical treatments for minimal invasive therapy of EHR. Several therapeutic rationales were discussed for the resulting pain reduction.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 January 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3193, Photothermal Therapies in Medicine, (19 January 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.300837
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Stefan Paganini, Municipal Hospital Offenbach aM (Germany)
Dietmar R. Thal, Municipal Hospital Offenbach aM (Germany)
Klaus Werkmann, Municipal Hospital Offenbach aM (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3193:
Photothermal Therapies in Medicine
Gaetano Bandieramonte; Stephen G. Bown; Fausto Chiesa; Jacques Donnez M.D.; Herbert J. Geschwind M.D.; Gian Francesco Lombard M.D.; Gerhard J. Mueller; Hans-Dieter Reidenbach, Editor(s)

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