Zapping Chronic Tendon Pain

Sound waves, not scalpels, now treat tennis elbow, heel spurs.

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Patients suffering from debilitating tennis elbow, heel pain, and other chronic tendon injuries often face an unpleasant last resort when they fail drug therapy and rehab-the knife. But now, doctors at The Cleveland Clinic have developed a shocking new way to relieve their pain. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a non-surgical procedure that replaces the scalpel with powerful acoustic waves. The exact mechanism remains unclear, but its believed that the sound waves destroy…
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