Physical Theraphy Major ONLY. The paper needs physio specialty knowledge.
Main Topic Area: *lateral epicondylosis/epicondylitis*
Physiotherapy is the mainstay treatment in the management of lateral epicondylosis/epicondylitis
(tennis elbow). However there is no clear consensus in the literature concerning the effectiveness
of various components of the physiotherapy intervention with most therapists advocating the use of
eccentric wrist extensor exercises.
You have been provided with three scientific articles related to this topic (available on Blackboard):
1. Stasinopoulos D and Stasinopoulos I. (2006). Comparison of the effects of Cyriax
physiotherapy, a supervised exercise programme and polarized polychromatic non-coherent
light (Bioptron light) for the treatment of lateral epicondylitis. Clinical Rehabilitation; 20: 12-
2. Martinez-Silvestrini JA, Newcomer KL, Gay RE, Schaefer MP, Kortebein P, Arendt K. (2005).
Chronic lateral epicondylitis: comparative effectiveness of a home-exercise program
including stretching alone versus stretching supplemented with eccentric or concentric
strengthening. Journal of Hand Therapy; 18: 411-420.
3. Wen Dy, Schulz BJ, Schaal B, Graham ST, Kim BS. (2011). Eccentric strengthening for chronic
lateral epiconylosis: a prospective randomized study; 3(6): 500-503.
These studies investigate the role of eccentric wrist extensor exercises in the management of
lateral epicondylosis. Critically analyse these studies to determine if this intervention is effective
(statistically and clinically) and decide if you will include eccentric exercises in your management of
patients with this condition.
Your report should have an introduction, logical discussion within the body of your assignment and a
conclusion that effectively summarizes your findings. You may use subheadings if you like.
It is expected you will critically evaluate the literature you read before including it as a reference
in your paper. You should summarise and discuss what you have read in your own words, using a
scientific writing style and APA referencing.