Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 6; Issue 4 (October 2018)

Page No.: 2833-2839

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijpr.2018.153


Nilima Bedekar 1, Anood Faqih *2, Padmakshi Doke 3, Ashok Shyam 4, Parag Sancheti 5.

1 Professor and Head of Department of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Sancheti Institute College of Physiotherapy, Shivajinagar, Pune, India.

*2 Consultant Physiotherapist at Sancheti Institute for Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Shivajinagar, Pune, India.

3 Consultant Physiotherapist, Suvidha Nursing Home, Akurdi, Pune, India.

4 Orthopaedic Surgeon, Department of Academic Research, Sancheti Institute for Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Pune, India.

5 Orthopaedic Surgeon and Chairman, Sancheti Institute for Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Pune, India.

Corresponding Author: Dr. Anood Faqih, Consultant Physiotherapist at Sancheti Institute for Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Shivajinagar, Pune, India.  Contact number: +91- 9561500158 E-Mail: faqihanood@gmail.com


Background: Iontophoresis and LASER therapy have been beneficial in the treatment of tennis elbow. This study was undertaken considering the dearth of literature available to compare the effects of Iontophoresis and Laser therapy.

Materials and mehodology: 60 subjects were randomly assigned to 2 groups. Group A was given Iontophoreis with 0.04% of dexamethasone sodium phosphate and group B was given LASER with a wavelength of 607nm and energy density of 7.2J/cm2. Pain on VAS and grip strength with a handheld dynamometer was assessed pre and post 6 treatment sessions.

Results: Both the groups showed improvement in pain and grip strength (p<0.05). However, Iontophoresis with 0.04% dexamethasone sodium phosphate showed better results.

Conclusion: Iontophoresis with 0.04% dexamethasone sodium phosphate and lowlevel LASER both are effective treatment modalities for the treatment of tennis elbow <6 weeks. However, Iontophoresis showed better improvement than LASER.

KEY WORDS: Tennis Elbow, Iontophoresis, LASER, Pain, Grip Strength.


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Cite this article: Nilima Bedekar, Anood Faqih, Padmakshi Doke, Ashok Shyam, Parag Sancheti. EFFECTS OF IONTOPHORESIS VERSUS LOW-LEVEL LASER ON PAIN AND GRIP STRENGTH IN TENNIS ELBOW: AN EXPERIMENTAL COMPARATIVE STUDY. Int J Physiother Res 2018;6(5):2833-2839. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2018.153