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Shockwave Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis

N.I.Sheveleva, L.S. Minbaeva

The Karaganda state University of Medicine, Главный Врач 4(10) Осень 2014 [original article in Russian language]

Russia

95% SWT efficiency

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Osteoarthrosis is a widespread disease affecting 10% of the world‘s population. According to various authors, frequency of this pathology ranges from 30 to 55% among all orthopedic patients who visit the doctor.

A promising method of conservative therapy of arthrosis patients is the application of extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), a new method of treatment which represents a promising alternative surgery treatment of deforming knee ostheoarthrosis.

Methods

Patients received ESWT with the device BTL-6000 SWT TOPLINE. There were 3 to 6 sessions performed with an interval of 3–6 days between them. The session included 2000–3000 shocks with various frequency (10–15 Hz) and pressure from 1.5 to 3.5 bars.

Results

After the treatment course 85% of patients showed considerable improvement. The morning stiffness rate was reduced by 44%, joint index reduced by 39%, and functional index reduced by 18% compared to the initial data.

Conclusion

Shockwave therapy with the device BTL-6000 SWT TOPLINE is an effective treatment of deforming knee ostheoarthrosis. In 95% cases shockwave therapy decreases the painful syndrome and also improves the function of knee joints.

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