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Decreased intramuscular blood flow in patients with lateral epicondylitis
Örebro University, Department of Clinical Medicine.
Örebro University, Department of Clinical Medicine.
Handkirugiska kliniken, Örebro universitetssjukhus.
Örebro University, Department of Clinical Medicine.
2007 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, ISSN 0905-7188, E-ISSN 1600-0838, Vol. 17, no 3, p. 211-215Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this pilot study was to investigate intramuscular microcirculation in extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) in patients with lateral epicondylitis.

Ten patients with unilateral epicondylitis, mean duration of symptoms of 39 (12-96) months participated. The diagnosis was based on clinical examination and none was under treatment for the last 6 months. Isometric handgrip strength, 2-pinch grip strength and muscle strength during radial deviation and dorsal extension was determined. Functional perceived pain was evaluated by a modified BRS and perceived pain during contraction by VAS. Intramuscular and skin blood flow was recorded by a laser-Doppler flowmetry system technique (LDF) during stable temperature condition.

Intramuscular blood flow was significantly lower in the affected side, 22.7 ± 9.8 PU as compared to 35.2 ± 11.9 PU in the control side (P = 0.01). There was no difference in skin blood flow or temperature between affected and control side. A positive correlation was found between duration of symptoms and the difference in intramuscular blood flow between affected and control arm (r = 0.65, P = 0.06).

The present data indicate that decreased microcirculation and anaerobic metabolism in ECRB may contribute to the lateral epicondylitis symptoms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Blackwell Munksgaard , 2007. Vol. 17, no 3, p. 211-215
Keywords [en]
microcirculation, skeletal muscle, laser Doppler flowmetry, lateral epicondylitis
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
Sports Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-4036DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2006.00567.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-4036DiVA, id: diva2:138335
Available from: 2007-09-21 Created: 2007-09-21 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Lateral epicondylitis: intramuscular blood flow, pressure and metabolism in the ECRB muscle
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Lateral epicondylitis: intramuscular blood flow, pressure and metabolism in the ECRB muscle
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Lateral epicondylitis is classified as an overuse injury and the main symptom is pain from the lateral side of the elbow. There is general agreement that the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) muscle and its proximal tendon play a central role in the development of lateral epicondylitis. However, the pathophysiology is to a large extent unclear. The aim of the thesis was to investigate the intramuscular blood flow, the muscle metabolism as well as the vascular reactivity and the intramuscular pressure (IMP). Patients having chronic unilateral epicondylitis were investigated, with the unaffected arm serving as a control. Measurements were performed during rest, before and 3 and 12 months after an injection of botulinum toxin type A to cause relaxation of the muscle as well as after muscle contraction and occlusion of blood flow.

Initial intramuscular blood flow in the affected ECRB was lower compared with the unaffected muscle and anaerobic metabolism was recorded. The dif­ference in intramuscular blood flow between the affected and the unaffected arm was reduced after injection of botulinum toxin type A and muscle metabolism was aerobic. Perceived pain (VAS-score) was reduced and functional daily activity was improved, evaluated using the instrument Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COMP) and the Disability of Arm, Shoulder and Hand instrument (DASH). Vascular reactivity during recovery after muscle contraction tended to be faster on the unaffected side than on the affected side. No difference in the post-occlusive reactive hyperaemia response between the affected and the unaffected ECRB was observed. The intramuscular pressure tended to be elevated in affected muscle.

In conclusion, decreased microcirculation and an anaerobic metabolism in ECRB may contribute to the symptoms in chronic lateral epicondylitis, which has not previously been showed. The impaired blood flow in the affected arm does not seem to be caused by impaired vascular reactivity but may partly be due to an elevated IMP probably due to an increased tension in the affected ECRB.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2010. p. 59
Series
Örebro Studies in Sport Sciences, ISSN 1654-7535 ; 7
Keywords
Lateral epicondylitis, ECRB, intramuscular microcirculation, intramuscular pressure, botulinum toxin, muscle metabolism, pain
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Sports Science
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urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-10892 (URN)978-91-7668-731-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2010-09-03, HSP1, Prismahuset, Örebro universitet, Örebro, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2010-06-07 Created: 2010-06-02 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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