Pelvic Floor Research
ESWT for Treatment of Vulvodynia: A Prospective, Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study
“61 women completed the study. We tested for differences in the Visual Analog Scale (VAS) and the Cotton-Swab Test (CST) within and between the treatment and placebo groups. We found significant changes in the treatment group. Reductions in VAS and CST were observed at all three follow ups. At all assessments, pain reduction was always >30%. There were no differences between the treatment and placebo groups before treatment but statistically significant differences at all three follow ups. ESWT seems to reduce pain perceptions in our treatment group. This method is easily replicable, inexpensive and without known side effects.”
Hurt, K., Zahalka, F., Halaska, M., Rakovicova, I., & Krajcova, A. (2020). Extracorporeal shock wave therapy for treatment of vulvodynia: A prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 56(2). doi:10.23736/s1973-9087.20.05903-1
Therapeutic Effects of Low Intensity Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (LiESWT) on Stress Urinary Incontinence
“Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) is a prevalent urologic problem that is characterized by involuntary leakage of urine upon physical activity, such as exercise, exertion, sneezing, coughing, and lifting heavy objects, leading to affect a women’s physical, psychological and social activity, and impact on her quality of life (QoL).
The results revealed that 8-weeks of LiESWT treatment meaningfully improved urine leakage (pad tests), maximum flow rate, post-voided residual urine, average urine volume, functional bladder capacity, urinary frequency, urgency symptoms and nocturia. These results indicated that 8 weeks of LiESWT attenuated SUI symptoms on physical activity, reduced bladder leaks and overactive bladder (OAB), implying that LiESWT brought significant improvement in the quality of life.”
Long, C., Lin, K., Lee, Y., Chuang, S., Lu, J., Wu, B., . . . Juan, Y. (2020). Therapeutic effects of Low intensity extracorporeal low energy shock wave therapy (LiESWT) on stress urinary incontinence. Scientific Reports, 10(1). doi:10.1038/s41598-020-62471-4
Treatment of stress urinary incontinence with low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy in a vaginal balloon dilation induced rat model
“Li-ESWT ameliorated SUI by promoting angiogenesis, progenitor cell recruitment, and urethral sphincter regeneration in a rat model induced by VBD. Li-ESWT represents a potential novel, non-invasive therapy for SUI.”
Wu, A. K., Zhang, X., Wang, J., Ning, H., Zaid, U., Villalta, J. D., . . . Lue, T. F. (2018). Treatment of stress urinary incontinence with low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave therapy in a vaginal balloon dilation induced rat model. Translational Andrology and Urology, 7(S1). doi:10.21037/tau.2017.12.36
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