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Severe Knee Tendinitis Can Be Alleviated With Surgery

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Basketball forward Jackson, however, is currently undergoing another new form of treatment in Canada. The treatment, called extracorporeal sound wave therapy (ESWT), involves focusing sound blasts to the area of pain. The treatment is being used in Canada and Europe to treat chronic pain or pain over a small area, particularly near a bone. The joint pain treated by this system includes the shoulder, elbow, ankle, and, as in Jackson's case, the knee.

ESWT or Sonocur is not approved for use in the U.S. or Japan. It has minimal side effects and does not require anesthesia or pain medication.

Vital Information:

  • Jumper's knee, or patellar tendinitis, is a common injury among athletes where a tendon of the quadriceps develops a series of small tears.
  • For most people, a conservative treatment including muscle strengthening and stretching is effective, but in some cases surgery is necessary.
  • Another treatment, which is not approved in the U.S., is called extracorporeal sound wave therapy and focuses sound blasts to the area of pain.

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