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

Authors
  • 1
  • 1 Cambridge Centre for Health and Performance, Vision Park, Histon, Cambridge, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
British Journal of Sports Medicine
1473-0480
Publisher
BMJ
Publication Date
Volume
48
Issue
21
Pages
1538–1542
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2012-091961
PMID: 23918444
Source
Medline
Keywords
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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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