Shock waves 'promising' for tendonitis

An emerging treatment involving high-energy soundwaves can effectively reduce pain and improve function among patients with calcific shoulder tendonitis, a review finds.


High-energy extracorporeal shock-wave therapy could also completely resolve calcification in cases of chronic shoulder tendonitis, the review of 28 randomised controlled trials found.

The treatment involves using a probe to transmit soundwaves of high or low energy to the skin, imparting rapid fluctuations of pressure to tissues.

Reporting in the Annals of Internal Medicine