Extracorporeal shock-wave therapy compared with surgery for hypertrophic long-bone nonunions.

  title={Extracorporeal shock-wave therapy compared with surgery for hypertrophic long-bone nonunions.},
  author={Angelo Cacchio and Lucio Giordano and Olivo Colafarina and Jan Dirk Rompe and Emanuela Tavernese and Francesco Ioppolo and Stefano Flamini and Giorgio Spacca and Valter Santilli},
  journal={The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume},
  volume={91 11},
BACKGROUND The authors of several studies have recommended extracorporeal shock-wave therapy as an alternative to surgical treatment for long-bone nonunions. This study was performed to compare the results of extracorporeal shock-wave therapy produced by two different devices with those of surgical treatment in the management of long-bone nonunions. METHODS One hundred and twenty-six patients with a long-bone nonunion were randomly assigned to receive either extracorporeal shock-wave therapy… 

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