CC BY 4.0 · Journal of Health and Allied Sciences NU 2023; 13(02): 241-246
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-1753509
Original Article

Effect of TheraBand Flex Bar versus Strengthening Exercise in Patients with Lateral Epicondylitis

Biva Rani Kalai
1   Department of Physiotherapy, Krupanidhi College of Physiotherapy, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Sudhakar Subramanian
1   Department of Physiotherapy, Krupanidhi College of Physiotherapy, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
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Background Lateral epicondylitis (LE) is an exertion or sporting-connected aching condition of the extensor muscles of the forearm. The core warning signs are pain and soreness of the outside on the elbow and grip strength weakness. The investigation aims to differentiate the effect of TheraBand flex bar versus strengthening exercise on pain, grip strength, range of motion, and functional status.

Objectives To find the effects of TheraBand flex bar, strengthening exercise, and compare the effects of Thera band flex bar versus strengthening exercise on the elbow pain, handgrip strength, elbow and wrist range of motion, and functional disability status in lateral epicondylitis.

Design Quasi-experimental study.

Methods Thirty (30) patients with lateral epicondylitis were enrolled, both male and female, randomly assigned to control or 6-week training groups. They were subdivided into two groups. Subjects were pre-tested and post-tested using a hand-held dynamometer, the VAS, PRTEE Questionnaire Functional status, and goniometer.

Results The results showed a statistically significant difference between pre and post-treatment in the study batch. The results show that Batch-1 and Batch-2 were significantly improved with p-values of 0.000, 0.004, 0.000, 0.001, 0.001, 0.004 at p < 0.05.

Conclusion In this study, the TheraBand flex bar and the strengthening exercise for lateral epicondylitis effectively reduced pain, enlarged the functional status, and improved the range of function within 30 subjects with lateral epicondylitis. The study concluded that TheraBand flex bar in Batch-1 and strengthening exercise in Batch-2 significantly improved VAS, PRTEE, handgrip strength, and ROM. The study's outcome suggests that TheraBand flex bar and strengthening exercise of extensors muscles of the wrist can be productive for the treatment among lateral epicondylitis (LE) sufferers.

Publication History

Article published online:
04 August 2022

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