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What do the medical studies say about ESWT or shockwave therapy?

The "Recovery Expectations" page is a reflection of many years of experience with ESWT. However, the following links  provide hard data about shock wave therapy from medical studies done within the past few years.

Plantar fasciitis studies:

Plantar Fasciitis Study #1 (Click to see full study in Podiatry Today)
We reviewed outcomes after a mean follow-up time of 8.4 months and compared the results to those of patients who had a percutaneous plantar fasciotomy. Eighty-two percent of the patients treated with ESWT were successfully treated in comparison to 83 percent with a percutaneous plantar fasciotomy.
..............The study included 75 patients and 87.5 percent of the patients were either satisfied or very satisfied with their ESWT experience at an average of nine years after treatment with a mean pain score of 1.2 on the VAS scale of 0 to 10.

Plantar fasciitis Study #2 (Click to see full study)
Ching-Jen Wang, MD, and his colleagues found 82.7% good-to-excellent results and a 12% recurrence rate in plantar fasciitis patients at an average 5 years to 6 years after extracorporeal shock wave treatment. They compared these results to those of patients treated conservatively: 55% good-to-excellent results and a 55% recurrence rate.
Short-term studies on shock wave treatment for plantar fasciitis have shown 91% satisfactory results and a 6% recurrence rate, Wang said at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 74th Annual Meeting.

Plantar fasciitis Study #3 (Click to see full study)
"The results of this study confirm that ESWT administered with the Dornier Epos Ultra is a safe and effective treatment for recalcitrant plantar fasciitis."

Plantar fasciitis Study #4 (Click to see full study)
It was concluded that ESWT was both efficacious and safe for participants with chronic proximal plantar fasciitis that had been unresponsive to exhaustive conservative treatment.

Plantar fasciitis Studies (Click to see full studies on pages 17 & 18)
http://www.ismst.com/pdf/abstracts12congress.pdf
Study #15 entitled: "Effectiveness of Shockwave Therapy in Patients with Chronic Plantar Fasciitis" found on page 17
Study #16 entitled: "Plantar Fasciitis: Four Years After ESWT" found on page 18
Study #17 entitled: "ESWT in the Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis: follow-up at three years" found on page 18

Achilles Tendonitis studies:

Achilles Tendonitis Study #1 (Click to see full study)
CONCLUSION: Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is an effective treatment for chronic insertional Achilles tendinopathy.

Lateral Epicondylitis or Tennis Elbow studies:

Lateral Epicondylitis Study #1 (Click to see full study)
ESWT appeared to be a useful noninvasive treatment method that reduced the necessity for surgical procedures.

Lateral Epicondylitis Study #2 (Click to see full study)
There were no significant complications. ESWT is an effective treatment for chronic lateral epicondylitis.

The International Society for Medical Shockwave Treatment (ISMST)
The International Society for Medical Shockwave Treatment - Home Page

2011 ISMST Convention abstracts

2010 ISMST Convention abstracts

2009 ISMST Convention abstracts

2008 ISMST Convention abstracts

2007 ISMST Convention abstracts



 
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