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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 44-46

Use of extracorporeal shock waves in the treatment of tendinopathy and other orthopedic diseases


KCP Nephro-Urological Center and Research Foundation, Pinnamananeni Poly Clinic, Vijayawada and Department of Biochemistry, Siddhartha Medical College, NTR University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada, India

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C Nageswara Rao
KCP Nephro-Urological Center and Research Foundation, Pinnamananeni Poly Clinic, Siddhartha Nagar, Vijayawada - 520 010
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Objective: Use of extracorporeal shock waves in the treatment of tendinopathy and other orthopedic diseases. Patients and methods: 35 patients received shock wave therapy using Econolith 2000 lithotripter 19 patients had isolated lateral epicondylitis, 12 medical epicondylitis and 4 plantar fascitis. A total of 120 shock waves were given in the first sitting. Each patient received a total of three sittings with a gap of one week between each of them. Results: Based on the patients' self-assessment, about 75% pain relief was observed in 60% of the patients. Fur­ther, in patients having isolated tendinopathies, the pain relief was better. Conclusion: The study indicated that the application of shock waves is not restricted to the fragmentation of urinary calculi. The shock waves can be effectively used for the pain relief in the common orthopedic diseases. Thus, the urologists can widen the application of lithotripters, in a cost-effective manner, to the other medical speciali­ties.


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