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Is Radial Shock Wave Therapy effective for subjects with subacute or chronic tendinopathy?

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This study investigates the effect of Radial Shock Wave Therapy (RSWT) on 38 subjects suffering subacute and chronic tendinopathy. All subjects are treated once a week for four weeks with high energy shock wave (> 20 mJ/mm). The effect was measured by the use of the Likert Scale. Outcomes on pain were measured by Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) and by the Numerous Rating Scale (NRS). The results of this study show that RSWT might be an effective treatment on chronic tendinopathy (N=19) and on subacute tendinopathy (n=14). Significance is not found in both groups (P<0.05). This study also describes parameters for dosage, prognostic factors and practical implementation for the use of RSWT in (sports) physiotherapy.

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