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A systematic review of shockwave therapies in soft tissue conditions: focusing on the evidence.

Authors
  • Speed, Cathy1
  • 1 Cambridge Centre for Health and Performance, Vision Park, Histon, Cambridge, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
British Journal of Sports Medicine
Publisher
BMJ
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2014
Volume
48
Issue
21
Pages
1538–1542
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2012-091961
PMID: 23918444
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

23 appropriate studies were identified. There is evidence for the benefit of F-ESWT and of RPT in a number of soft tissue musculoskeletal conditions, and evidence that both treatment modalities are safe. There is evidence that F-ESWT is effective in the treatment of plantar fasciitis, calcific tendinitis, and that RPT is effective in plantar fasciitis. Where benefit is seen in F-ESWT, it appears to be dose dependent, with greater success seen with higher dose regimes. There is low level evidence for lack of benefit of low-dose F-ESWT and RPT in non-calcific rotator cuff disease and mixed evidence in lateral epicondylitis.

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