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Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) as a cure all

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by admin, Sep 29, 2007.

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  1. admin

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    In our previous thread on ESWT, there was a clear difference between those with a vested financial interest in an ESWT machine and those without this vested interest in the way they interpreted the published evidence for ESWT (the thread stretched to 4 pages with 101 messages and was almost locked down a couple of times due to the passion almost boiling over). These issues were expanded on in our Researchers vs the Clinicians thread.

    Most of the ESWT thread focused on its use for plantar fasciitis, but achilles tendonopathy did make an appearance. There is also a thread on its use for stress fractures. ESWT is also widely used for lateral epicondylitis in the elbow. It use has also been advocated in Peyronie’s disease (in case you are wondering, it like dupytrens contracture but affects the penis :eek: )
    Now, while searching for something else, I came across this clinical trial using ESWT for diabetic foot ulcers.

    Is ESWT going to be touted as the next "cure all"? Have we not been down this path before? Anyone see parallels in the ESWT thread and other "cure all" modalities?
     
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2007
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