Features November 2012 Issue

Zapping Chronic Tendon Pain

Shock wave therapy, in conjunction with other therapies, has the potential to relieve tennis elbow and other tendon injuries.

If you have lingering pain from a tendon injury, a shock to your system may be exactly what you need. A treatment known as extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) targets damaged tendons with powerful energy waves that promote healing. There’s no anesthesia, no incisions, no stitches, and no recovery period. “If you’re looking for a treatment that can augment your response to whatever type of rehab you’re doing to treat a tendon problem, shock wave therapy is a good way to help manage the pain and promote healing,” says Susan Joy, MD, Director of Women’s Sports Health at Cleveland Clinic. “It’s an effective non-invasive option for people with certain tendon injuries.”

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