Use of extracorporeal shock-wave therapy (ESWT) in the treatment of non-unions

  title={Use of extracorporeal shock-wave therapy (ESWT) in the treatment of non-unions},
  author={Klaus Birnbaum and Dieter Christian Wirtz and Clemens Siebert and K. D. Heller},
  journal={Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery},
Presently, extracorporeal shock-wave therapy (ESWT) is not yet a standard therapeutic technique in orthopaedics. The mechanism for the analgesic effect or the effect of shock waves on osseous defects are still unknown. With the help of a review of the literature, indications and success rates for ESWT in the treatment of non-unions are outlined, while adequate impulse and energy rates are defined according to the present state of knowledge. Non-union is defined as an absent healing process… CONTINUE READING
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