[Musculoskeletal shock wave therapy—current database of clinical research]

J D Rompe, M Buch, L Gerdesmeyer, M Haake, M Loew, M Maier, J Heine
Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Ihre Grenzgebiete 2002, 140 (3): 267-74
During the past decade application of extracorporal shock waves became an established procedure for the treatment of various musculoskeletal diseases in Germany. Up to now the positive results of prospective randomised controlled trials have been published for the treatment of plantar fasciitis, lateral elbow epicondylitis (tennis elbow), and of calcifying tendinitis of the rotator cuff. Most recently, contradicting results of prospective randomised placebo-controlled trials with adequate sample size calculation have been reported. The goal of this review is to present information about the current clinical database on extracorporeal shock wave treatment (ESWT).

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