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Shockwave Therapy May Reduce Low Back Pain, Finds Clinical Trial

Shockwave Therapy May Reduce Low Back Pain, Finds Clinical Trial

Title of study: A Prospective, Randomized, Controlled, Single Centre Trial to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of Radial Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy in Patients With Chronic Non-specific Low Back Pain

Author: Guo X, Li L, Yan Z, Li Y, Peng Z, Yang Y, Zhang Y, Schmitz C, Feng Z.

Low back pain is a common condition that can be debilitating and affect a person’s quality of life. It can be caused by many factors, including poor posture, injury, or a medical condition. A clinical trial was conducted to investigate the effectiveness of shockwave therapy in reducing low back pain.

The study involved 60 patients with chronic low back pain who were randomly divided into two groups. The first group received shockwave therapy while the second group received a placebo treatment. The participants were assessed using a pain scale and functional questionnaire at baseline, 1 week, 4 weeks, and 12 weeks after the treatment.

The results showed that the group receiving shockwave therapy had a significant reduction in pain and improvement in functionality compared to the placebo group. The improvement was evident at 1 week, 4 weeks, and 12 weeks post-treatment.

The study concludes that shockwave therapy can be an effective treatment for chronic low back pain. The therapy works by using high-energy sound waves to stimulate the body’s natural healing response. The shockwaves help increase blood flow to the affected area, which helps reduce inflammation and promote tissue healing.

The therapy is non-invasive, meaning that it doesn’t require surgery or injections. It is also relatively painless, with most patients reporting a mild tingling sensation during the treatment. Shockwave therapy is a safe treatment, with minimal side effects reported.

Overall, the study provides evidence that shockwave therapy can be a useful treatment option for chronic low back pain. It is an effective, non-invasive, and safe treatment that can reduce pain and improve functionality.

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