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Int J Surg. 2015 Dec;24(Pt B):171-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijsu.2015.08.079. Epub 2015 Sep 9.

Current knowledge on evidence-based shockwave treatments for shoulder pathology.

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1
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Shock Wave Unit, Buenos Aires British Hospital, Argentina. Electronic address: drdanielmoya@yahoo.com.ar.
2
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department Director, Hospital Quirón Barcelona, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Garcia Cugat Foundation, CEU - UCH Chair of Medicine and Regenerative Surgery, Spain.
3
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Clínica Arauco Salud, Santiago de Chile, Chile.
4
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Kiel University, Kiel, Germany.

Abstract

Shoulder pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal pathologies. Treatment by ESWT (extracorporeal shockwave therapy) has emerged as an alternative when conservative treatment fails in rotator cuff calcific tendinopathy, prior to invasive procedures. The clinical efficacy of ESWT in non-calcific tendinopathy remains controversial. The good results in the treatment of rotator cuff calcifications, have led to indications of ESWT being expanded to other shoulder pathologies. We review the current state of indications and evidence based practice.

KEYWORDS:

Calcific tendinopathy; Extracorporeal shockwave therapy; Rotator cuff tendinopathy; Shoulder

PMID:
26361863
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijsu.2015.08.079
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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