Severe Knee Tendinitis Can Be Alleviated With Surgery
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.
- 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