Shock wave therapy


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Shock wave therapy

A method of treating tennis elbow and other musculoskeletal injuries that involves directing bursts of high-pressure sound waves at the affected area.
Mentioned in: Tennis Elbow
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Extracorporeal shock wave therapy was shown to initiate angiogenesis and increase blood flow through the tendon-bone area by improvement in angiogenic growth factors on the Achilles tendons of rabbits; accordingly, inflamed tissues were regenerated and pain was alleviated (21,22).
Radial extracorporeal shock wave therapy is an effective treatment for chronic plantar fasciitis that can be administered to outpatients without anaesthesia but has not yet been evaluated in controlled trials," Gerdesmeyer said.
Ching-Jen Wang (Kaoshiung, Taiwan) demonstrated a "biological response" to shock wave therapy - various proteins responsible for healing processes ("growth factors") are created, which cause an increased integration of newly formed blood vessels as well as new growth of tissue, thereby triggering the healing process - better circulation of the myocardial muscle, new bone formation and formation of new skin on lesions.
Our study demonstrated that extracorporeal shock wave therapy is effective in the treatment of chronic, recalcitrant cases of plantar fasciitis," said lead study author Hans Gollwitzer, MD.
Shock wave therapy, also known as lithotripsy, uses sound waves to break down smaller kidney stones, allowing the particles to pass harmlessly out of the body through urine.
Shock wave therapy has also been extended to orthopedic applications - for the treatment of heel spur or tennis elbow, for instance.
A multicenter trial of 114 patients shows that low-energy shock wave therapy is sate and effective for treating lateral epicondylitis--a condition commonly referred to as tennis elbow.
The orthoPACE[TM] is the successor to the Ossatron[R], the Company's legacy device that was highlighted in the March 2010 issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, in an article entitled "Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy for Nonunion of the Tibia" which detailed a 6 year study that included 172 patients undergoing treatment for tibia nonunion (incomplete fracture healing).
BERLIN -- A single session of high-energy extracorporeal shock wave therapy in patients with chronic shoulder pain and calcification of the rotator cuff brings significant functional and radiographic improvement along with markedly diminished pain, Dr.
shock wave therapy devices can also be designed for treatment of pain, cardiac and orthopedic problems; holmium lasers can also be used for treating BPH, ENT problems, etc.