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August/September 2007 (vol. 04/2)

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Evidence-based guidance on elbow disorders

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has released revised evidence-based guidelines for the evaluation and management of elbow disorders – such as lateral epicondylitis, ulnar nerve entrapment and non-specific elbow pain. All ACOEM guidelines focus on return to work within 90 days of onset. The literature-based report rates evidence quality on a comprehensive range of interventions for each disorder, including oral and topical anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroid injections, exercise, surgery, various physical therapies (from deep friction massage to manipulation), physical supports (such as ‘tennis elbow bands’), ultrasound, hot/cold packs and acupuncture.

Occupational medicine practice guidelines. Evaluation and management of common health problems and functional recovery in workers: Elbow complaints. Elk Grove Village, Illinois: ACOEM, 2007.

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Occupational Health at Work August/September 2007 (vol. 04/2) pp40-41