EFFECTIVENESS OF CRITZ RELEASE TECHNIQUE TO DECREASE PAIN IN MEDIAL EPICONDYLITIS By Anu Sankar.P[1] and Dr. C.S Ambika Devi [2]

Abstract

The study was conducted to find out the efficacy of Critz Release Technique in the management of medial epicondylitis of the elbow joint in reducing pain. The researcher used an experimental design. The population included was the persons diagnosed with stage two medial epicondylitis. A total of 30 subjects randomly assigned in to control group and experimental group of 15 each. Pre test evaluation was done on the first day prior to the starting of treatment. The tool selected for the study was Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) for measuring pain. Control group was treated with conventional physiotherapy including ultrasound, stretching and home exercise programme and the experimental group was treated with Critz release technique in addition to conventional physiotherapy. Duration of the treatment was five days continuously. The results obtained were statistically analyzed using Wilcoxon Signed -Rank test and Mann-Whitney U test. The result showed that there is significant difference of pain relief between the experimental group and Control group; the treatment given to experimental group was more effective than control group.

Keywords: Medial Epicondylitis, Critz Release Technique

[1] Lecturer, Department of Physiotherapy, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.

[2] Co-ordinator, Inter University Centre for Disability Studies, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.

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