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Conditions suitable for shockwave therapy

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Conditions suitable for shockwave therapy

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Shockwave Therapy can help many different stubborn conditions, we take a look at the latest research.

What conditions can Shockwave Therapy help with?

Shockwave Therapy can help with the following conditions:

  • Tennis and Golfer’s elbow: Shockwave therapy is clinically proven (6) to reduce pain and improve function in patients with tennis elbow and is proven to be as effective as a steroid injection (7).  
  • Achilles Tendinopathy: Shockwave therapy trials have confirmed excellent results with decreasing pain and increasing Achilles function (8).
  • Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs: In a recent study, the authors looked at the efficacy of eight different types of treatment for plantar fasciitis. It was concluded that shockwave therapy ranked number one for the best outcome and considered “optimal treatment” (9).  In another study they showed that combining shockwave therapy with a guided stretching program has been proven to deliver clinically superior outcomes for plantar fasciitis sufferers (10).
  • Hip – Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome: A randomised controlled clinical trial of 229 people showed shockwave therapy was significantly more successful than steroid injection (11).
  • Shin Splints – Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome: A clinical trial showed that 40 of 47 shin splint sufferers were able to return to their preferred sport at their pre-injury level after 15 months, versus only 22 in a control group (12).
  • Calcifying Tendinopathy of the Shoulder: Clinical trials revealed that shockwave therapy for calcific tendinitis of the shoulder showed good to excellent results in 87.9% of shoulders treated. Among shockwave patients, calcium deposits were completely eliminated in 21.2% and partially eliminated in 36.3% (13).

Research:

  1. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2010 Nov; 130(11): 1343–1347.
  2. Semin Arthritis Rheum 43 (2014) 570–576
  3. Int J Prev Med. 2014 Jul; 5(7): 875–881.
  4. Sports Med. 2016; 7: 143–151.
  5. European j. biomed. pharm. sci, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 2, 78-90.
  6. Europia Medicophysica 2005;41:17-25.
  7. Annals Rehabilitation Medicine 2012;36(5):681–7.
  8. Am J Sports Med (2009) 37(3):463-70.
  9. J Cell Physiol. 2018 Aug 4. doi: 10.1002/jcp.26907
  10. International Journal of Surgery 24 (2015) 135-42.
  11. Am J Sports Medicine (2009); 37:1981-90
  12. Am J Sports Medicine (2010); 38:125-32
  13. J Shoulder Elbow Surg 2008;17:55-9