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Muscles Ligaments Tendons J. 2014 Jul 14;4(2):188-93. eCollection 2014 Apr.

Effectiveness of the Intratissue Percutaneous Electrolysis (EPI®) technique and isoinertial eccentric exercise in the treatment of patellar tendinopathy at two years follow-up.

Author information

1
CEREDE, Sports Medicine, Barcelona, Spain.
2
Tottenham Hotspur FC, Hotspur Way, Enfield, Middlesex, UK.
3
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. ICATME - Institut Universitari Dexeus, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

Abstract

AIM:

to show the effect of Intratissue Percutaneous Electrolysis (EPI®) combined with eccentric programme in the treatment of patellar tendinopathy.

METHODS:

prospective study of 33 athlete-patients consecutively treated for insertional tendinopathy with Intratissue Percutaneous Electrolysis (EPI®) and followed for 2 years. Functional assessment was performed at the first visit, at three months and two years with the Tegner scale and VISA-P.

RESULTS:

an average improvement in the VISA-P of 35 points was obtained. The mean duration of treatment was 4.5 weeks. Some 78.8% of the patients returned to the same level of physical activity as before the injury by the end of treatment, reaching 100% at two years.

CONCLUSIONS:

intratissue percutaneous electrolysis (EPI®) combined with an eccentric-based rehab program offers excellent results in terms of the clinical and functional improvement of the patellar tendon with low morbidity in a short-term period.

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE:

Therapy, level 4.

KEYWORDS:

EPI; eccentric; intratissue percutaneous electrolysis; patellar; tendinopathy; tenopathy

PMID:
25332934
PMCID:
PMC4187605

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