“EMG studies make clinicians aware of muscle activity so that diagnosis-specific exercises, such as this one, can be developed and utilized in treatment, including exercises that may reduce the patients dependency on pharmaceuticals or eliminate the need for surgery,” commented Labbe. “While our EMG study suggests that the FlexBar exercise is doing exactly what it needs to do to be successful in treating tennis elbow, we need to replicate this pilot study on actual patients with tennis elbow.”
Tyler’s study involved 21 patients who had reported chronic symptoms of tennis elbow for at least six weeks, but had no prior surgical treatment for it. The patients were separated into two groups; everyone in the study received standard physical therapy (PT) for seven weeks. Additionally, the FlexBar test group performed a novel exercise, the . This exercise involved eccentric (muscle contraction while lengthening the muscle) wrist extension using the Thera-Band FlexBar. The study showed that the patients performing the FlexBar exercise along with the standard treatment had significantly greater improvements in strength and pain.
"Compared to patients receiving standard PT treatment, those performing the FlexBar exercise along with the standard treatment had significantly greater improvements in strength and pain," said Tyler. "We stopped the study early because we saw such a vast improvement in the FlexBar group; we didn't feel that it was ethical to keep people that weren't getting better on the standard-treatment-only protocol."
The first study, published in the September 2010 issue of (Volume 19, issue 6, pg 917-922) measures the effectiveness of an exercise that utilizes the Thera-Band FlexBar exerciser, a flexible bar designed for wrist, forearm and hand rehabilitation. The study was conducted by researchers from the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma in New York City.
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