Sports Injuries & Orthopedic Research

Efficacy of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy on Pain and Function in Myofascial Pain Syndrome of the Trapezius: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

“ESWT appears to be correlated with greater pain relief compared with sham ESWT or  Ultrasound in patients with myofascial pain syndrome of the trapezius”

Zhang, Q., Fu, C., Huang, L., Xiong, F., Peng, L., Liang, Z., . . . Wei, Q. (2020). Efficacy of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy on Pain and Function in Myofascial Pain Syndrome of the Trapezius: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 101(8), 1437-1446. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2020.02.013

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy versus Ultrasound Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis:  A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

“ESWT is superior to UST for plantar fasciitis as it improves pain activity and intensity, primary efficacy success rate and activity limitations.”

Al-Siyabi, Z. A., Karam, M., Al-Hajri, E., & Alsaif, A. (2020). Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy Versus Ultrasound Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. doi:10.1101/2020.09.20.20198168

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Calcifying Tendinitis of the Shoulder

“Treatment of calcific tendinitis of the shoulder with shockwaves has produced a high rate of success in pain relief and functional restoration with negligible associated complications.  ESWT is a new therapeutic modality that appears to be both safe and effective for these patients.”

Hsu, C., Wang, D., Tseng, K., Fong, Y., Hsu, H., & Jim, Y. (2008). Extracorporeal shock wave therapy for calcifying tendinitis of the shoulder. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, 17(1), 55-59. doi:10.1016/j.jse.2007.03.023

Substantial Biomechanical Improvement by Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy After Surgical Repair of Rodent Chronic Rotator Cuff Tears

“Clearly improved biomechanical results were shown in the single-application and repetitive ESWT groups.  This study underpins a new additional treatment possibility to prevent healing failure”

Feichtinger, X., Monforte, X., Keibl, C., Hercher, D., Schanda, J., Teuschl, A. H., Muschitz, C., Redl, H., Fialka, C., & Mittermayr, R. (2019). Substantial Biomechanical Improvement by Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy After Surgical Repair of Rodent Chronic Rotator Cuff Tears. The American journal of sports medicine, 47(9), 2158–2166. https://doi.org/10.1177/0363546519854760

.Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Resistant Stress Fractures in Athletes

“These reports demonstrate that ESWT is a non-invasive and effective method to treat intractable stress fractures in athletes.  Furthermore, in young athletes with growth plates there are indications that this treatment can be promising.  When appropriately used, ESWT can be a safe and effective treatment for stress fractures, especially in resistant cases.” 

Taki, M., MD, Takagishi, K., MD, Kimura, M., MD, Shiono, M., MD, & Iwata, O., MD. (2007). Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Resistant Stress Fractures in Athletes. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 35(7). doi:10.1177/0363546506297540

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