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Extracorporeal Shock-Wave Therapy In Treatment Of Chronic Soft-Tissue Disorders

Author(s): W. Marks

Journal: Journal of Orthopaedics
ISSN 0972-978X

Volume: 2;
Issue: 6;
Date: 2005;
Original page

Keywords: extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) | soft tissue disorders | visual analog scale (VAS)

Background: Although low-energy ESWT is widely used in a variety of soft tissue disorders no precise algorithm has been accepted in the clinical practice. The application of a new generation (pneumatic) device in patients is not characterized yet. Methods: A group of 24 patients with soft tissue chronic disorders have attended our controlled prospective pilot study. The main outcome measure was based on the patient’s subjective assessment of pain by means of Visual Analog Scale (VAS) early after ESWT. Results: Early results of treatment by ESWT are regarded as good and significant. These results of treatment do not depend on the patient’s age and the duration of symptoms. Conclusion: ESWT emitted by the new generation (pneumatic) device seems to be an effective, alternative, analgetic measure which may be applied as a noninvasive therapeutic method in some soft tissue chronic disorders. ESWT needs further randomised controlled clinical trials.
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