Dry needling in lateral epicondylitis: a prospective controlled study

Uygur E. , Aktas B., Ozkut A., Erinc S., Yilmazoglu E. G.

INTERNATIONAL ORTHOPAEDICS, vol.41, pp.2321-2325, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 41
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00264-017-3604-1
  • Page Numbers: pp.2321-2325


Purpose Lateral epicondylitis (LE), a common disease, especially in middle age, causes decreased productivity and economic losses. The first-line treatment for LE is conservative and consists of topical and oral anti-inflammatory drugs, ice application, and brace use. If the first-line treatment fails, second-line treatment modalities, which are generally invasive, are offered. Second-line therapeutic regimens include saline, corticosteroid, or platelet-rich plasma injections. Dry needling is relatively new. We hypothesized that dry needling would be at least as effective as first-line treatment for LE. We compared the outcomes of first-line treatment and dry needling.