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, the study authors said the therapy might be