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Table 1 Patient inclusion and exclusion criteria

From: Acupuncture for lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow): study protocol for a randomized, practitioner-assessor blinded, controlled pilot clinical trial

Inclusion criteria Exclusion criteria
1. Individuals between the ages of 19 and 65 years with lateral epicondylitis on one arm and pain persisting for at least 4 weeks 1. Individuals whose radiological examinations show abnormalities such as calcification, arthritis, and inflammatory arthropathy of the elbow joint
2. Individuals with tenderness limited to the elbow joint and surrounding area 2. Individuals with a history of trauma, ligament damage, fracture, tumor, or surgery of the elbow joint
3. Individuals reporting pain under resisted extension of the middle finger and wrist 3. Individuals who have been diagnosed with or treated for cervical radiculopathy or herniation of intervertebral disc
4. Individuals with an average pain of 40 or more (0 to 100) on the visual analogue scale) in the week prior to the screening visit 4. Individuals who have received injections for lateral epicondylitis during the last 6 months
5. Individuals who volunteered to participate in the study and who signed a consent form 5. Individuals who have received treatments such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, acupuncture, physiotherapy for lateral epicondylitis during the last 2 weeks
  6. Individuals judged by the person in charge of the clinical trial as unsuitable for participation, such as those with mental disorders, who are pregnant, or have other acute or chronic disorders