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Doctor insights on: Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy

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Will extracorporeal shock wave therapy cure my plantar fasciitis?

Will extracorporeal shock wave therapy cure my plantar fasciitis?

Possible: Shockwave therapy has been shown to be effective at relieving pain from plantar fasciitis in about 2/3 of patients. It works by stimulating the inflammatory cascade thus causing he body to heal itself. I also believe that stretching, good shoes, and custom orthotics are important in preventing the plantar fasciitis from returning. ...Read more

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What is extracorporeal shockwave myocardial revascularisation" (esmr)?

What is extracorporeal shockwave myocardial revascularisation" (esmr)?

ESMR: http://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(13)01113-0/abstract This procedure is NOT proven but has evidence suggesting it MAY help END-STAGE coronary artery disease patients symptom state. ...Read more

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Is it better to have extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (eswl) or percutaneous nephrolithotomy (pcnl)?

Is it better to have extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (eswl) or percutaneous nephrolithotomy (pcnl)?

Stone size determine: Shockwave lithotripsy minimally invasive, but not very effective for stones larger than 1 cm in diameter, and can not be used for branching "staghorn" stones. Can be used for larger stones if infectious in origin because they break up more easier. Percutaneous is more invasive, but usually a "one shot" procedure to clean out all the stone material.Swl requires minimal to no skill, pcnl needs skill. ...Read more

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Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (eswl) - how long for recovery?

Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (eswl) - how long for recovery?

Vary...: Do you mean get over eswl-related discomfort or total post-eswl stone/fragment passage? For post-eswl discomfort, it may highly vary, days to weeks, depending on what you're and how your body/kidney responds to eswl. For stone/fragment passage, it may take 1 week to months, depending on the load ; density of stones and the eswl effectiveness to disintegrate them; it may take 1 week to months, or.. ...Read more

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Is shock wave therapy effective for patellar tendonitis?

Is shock wave therapy effective for patellar tendonitis?

Not sure?: This treatment is effective in treating unresponsive tennis elbow. I am personally not aware of this as a treatment for patellar tendonitis. If you have a recurring or recalcitrant patellar tendonitis, see an orthopedist or sports medicine specialist and get a thorough knee exam. Even get a second opinion. You may have to alter your activities, take medications and give it plenty of time. ...Read more

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Which therapy works best for planter faciitis like ultrasound ot laser therapy?

Which therapy works best for planter faciitis like ultrasound ot laser therapy?

It depends: The treatment that worse the best with the least risk and disruption to your life would seem the best to me. Everyone responds diffrently. Sometimes simple stretching will do the trick and other people will require orthotics or surgery. Your local podiatrist will be able to take of this for you. Podiatrist see this all day long and are very successful at treatment. ...Read more

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Is lithotripsy better or percutaneous nephrolithotomy better?

Is  lithotripsy better or percutaneous nephrolithotomy better?

It depends: Larger (>20 mm or >10-15 mm in lower pole) stones are probably best treated via percutaneous approach (pcnl). Shockwave lithotripsy (swl) may be less invasive for smaller stones. Swl (and ureteroscopy) may be combined with pcnl to remove all stone material. Pcnl typically requires inpatient hospitalization, more pain, risk of bleeding, but is more likely to result in complete stone clearance. ...Read more

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How much is extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy for gall stones?

How much is extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy for gall stones?

Who Cares?: Lithotripsy, though useful for large kidney stones, is pretty much useless for gallstones. The only effective way to treat gallstone disease and prevent recurrence of their symptoms is to have the gallbladder surgically removed as it is the source of gallstone formation. ...Read more

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What does thrombolytic therapy involve?

What does thrombolytic therapy involve?

Clot dissolving: Thrombolytic therapy is intended to assist the body's natural mechanism to help dissolve blood clots. These clots can be found in either arteries or veins depending on the underlying problem. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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Does photodynamic therapy work?

Does photodynamic therapy work?

Yes: Pdt for actinic keratoses (skin) is a proven treatment and results in significant reduction of both clinically apparent and as yet undetected precancerous lesions. However, one treatment does not eliminate 100% of lesions. New lesions may also develop. Long-term surveillance and periodic re-treatment is advised. Pdt has great potential for the treatment of a variety of other malignancies as well. ...Read more

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Can massage therapy relieve carpal therapy?

Can massage therapy relieve carpal therapy?

Carpal tunnel: Maybe. Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by hand pain and recurrent numbness or "pins and needle" sensations in the thumb, index, middle finger and the lateral aspect of the ring finger. It may be triggered by repetitive use, like driving or keyboard typing. Diabetes or obesity increases risk of onset. Wearing a wrist cock- up splint is very effective. Surgery reserved for severe cases. ...Read more

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Anterior discetomy and fusion physical therapy protocol?

Anterior discetomy and fusion physical therapy protocol?

Lots of variables: Most doctors wait about four weeks before starting physical therapy after an acdf. Depending on the level of the surger, yphysical therapy activities will vary. Because of the long period of convalescence after a fusion like this, patients usually have compromised stamina, so treatment may include exercise to improve core strength. This is a good place to learn more: http://tinyurl.Com/p2z8ud. ...Read more

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Is electroconvulsive therapy (ect) effective?

Electroconvulsive : When a person with major depressive disorder does not have an improvement in mood, despite trying conventional antidepressants under a psychiatrist's supervision, electroconvulsant shock therapy may be beneficial. Before trying it, asked your doctor to explain all of the postential short and long term effects. ...Read more

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Is electrode shock therapy effective for bi-polar 1 disorder?

Is electrode shock therapy effective for bi-polar 1 disorder?

ECT: Course of ECT effective when all other approaches failed or medications contraindicated and severity warrants it. ...Read more

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Can photodynamic therapy really work?

Can photodynamic therapy really work?

Depends what for: Photodynamic therapy (pdt) uses a drug, called a photosensitizer, and a light to kill cancer cells. Depending on the type of cancer, the drug is applied to the surface of the skin or injected. It can be used for certain cancers of the skin, esophagus, and lung. Studies are being done looking at the use of pdt for cancers of the head and neck, brain, and gastrointestinal tract. ...Read more

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What is acoustic wave therapy?

What is acoustic wave therapy?

Cellulite: Acoustic wave therapy vibrates connective tissue mechanically to decrease cellulite & to imporve elasticity in skin. It is reported to stimulate laydown of new collagen. ...Read more

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Can you explain shockwave therapy for calcified shoulder tendonitis?

Can you explain shockwave therapy for calcified shoulder tendonitis?

ESWT : In our office we have used eswt-extracorporeal shockwave therapy for 12 years on the plantar fascia and achilles tendon with excellent results. For these areas the shock or "pressure" waves break up the chronic inflammatory scar tissue on a microscopic level and jump start the healing process. ...Read more