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Extrakorporale stosswellentherapie in der orthopadie. Positive ergebnisse beim tennisellenbogen und der tendinosis calcarea der schulter (Extracorporeal shockwave therapy in orthopedics. Positive results in tennis elbow and tendinosis calcarea of the shoulder) [German]
Rompe JD, Eysel P, Hopf C, Krischek O, Vogel J, Burger R, Jage J, Heine J
Fortschritte der Medizin 1997 Jun 30;115(18):26,29-33
clinical trial
3/10 [Eligibility criteria: Yes; Random allocation: Yes; Concealed allocation: No; Baseline comparability: No; Blind subjects: No; Blind therapists: No; Blind assessors: No; Adequate follow-up: Yes; Intention-to-treat analysis: No; Between-group comparisons: No; Point estimates and variability: Yes. Note: Eligibility criteria item does not contribute to total score] *This score has been confirmed*

Since the beginning of the 1990s scientific investigations on the use of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) in the field of orthopedics have been carried out at the Orthopedic Department of the University of Mainz. Prospective studies demonstrated beneficial effects in chronic lateral humeral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), and in calcifying tendinitis of the shoulder in more than 50% of the cases. Additional indications for which positive results of prospective studies have been published during the past 2 years are plantar calcaneodynea and pseudoarthrosis. On the basis of the results achieved, it may be concluded that, for specific indications, extracorporeal shock wave therapy may now be taken out of the clinical testing stage and introduced into routine practice.

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