Usefulness of extracorporeal shock waves in musculoskeletal disorders
Garcia Marti S
Record ID 32005000656
The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of extracorporeal shock waves (ESWT) in musculoskeletal disorders
Authors' results and conclusions: None of the systematic reviews shows conclusive results as regards the benefits of EWST. Of the 15 randomized clinical trials, only one shows good results (shoulder pain), two had statistically significant results but poor clinical significance, and the rest did not show any benefit. None of the analysed health organizations covers ESWT because they consider it a procedure that is still in research stage.
Authors' recomendations: In summary, there was no evidence that ESWT would be beneficial for any of the indications analysed, and it is not included in any of the coverture policies of the evaluated health organizations. Due to some contradictory results, especially in painful shoulder (supraspinatus calcifying tendinitis), this indication should be assessed in future clinical trials.
Authors' methods: Overview
Project Status: Completed
URL for project: http://www.iecs.org.ar/
Year Published: 2004
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
- High-Energy Shock Waves
- Musculoskeletal Diseases
Organisation Name: Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy
Contact Address: Dr. Emilio Ravignani 2024, Buenos Aires - Argentina, C1414 CABA
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Copyright: Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS)
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