Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Shock Wave Treatment for Achillis tendon Calcific Tendinitis

A young male hockey player came with chronic pain in his Achilles tendon several months ago. His earlier Ultrasound scan showed calcification of his Achilles tendon adjacent to the insertion to the calcaneal bone. He was given extracorporeal shock wave therapy(ESWT) (2000 pulses) weekly and felt much better after the second treatment. He went on to play the Kuala Lumpur Hockey League without any symptoms after 8 weeks rehabilitation and has been symptom-free since then.

ESWT has been approved for plantar fasciitis and has been found to be useful in treating calcific tendinitis.

I took a few photos of the treatment session.

Related websites:
International Society for Musculoskeletal Shockwave Therapy
FDA New Device Approval
EMS Website
Principles of Shockwave Treatment

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