Tennis Elbow: TENS & Primary Care Management

ElbowResearch Paper Title

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation as Adjunct to Primary Care Management for Tennis Elbow: Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial (TATE Trial).

Study Question

Can transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), as a patient controlled adjunct to primary care management for tennis elbow, provide superior pain relief to primary care management alone?

Summary Answer

TENS conferred no additional clinical benefit over primary care management consisting of information and advice on analgesia and exercise for patients with tennis elbow, probably partly owing to poor adherence to treatment recommendations.

What is Known and What This Paper Adds

A need exists for safe, self administered interventions to provide pain relief for patients with tennis elbow. TENS as an adjunct to primary care management failed to show any additional pain relief compared with primary care management alone.

Reference

Chesterton, L.S., Lewis, A.M., Sim, J., Mallen, C.D., Mason, E.E., Hay, E.M., van der Windt, D.A. (2013) Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation as Adjunct to Primary Care Management for Tennis Elbow: Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial (TATE Trial). British Medical Journal. 347:1-40 No.7924, 14 September 2013, pp.13. BMJ 2013;347:f5160.

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