Hyperthermia at 434 MHz in the treatment of overuse sport tendinopathies: A randomised controlled clinical trial

A. Giombini, A. Di Cesare, G. Casciello, D. Sorrenti, S. Dragoni, P. Gabriele

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Abstract

The objective of this randomized study was to compare a thermotherapy system, hyperthermia at 434 MHz and conventional ultrasound in the treatment of overuse sports tendinopathies. The study group consisted of 44 athletes, 33 males and 11 females (age 26±4.56 years) affected by tendinopathies at lower extremities (patellar or achilles tendons). After elucidation of the kind of trial, 22 patients were randomly assigned to hyperthermia and 22 to ultrasound. The patients received after a pain measurement and ultrasound scanning 12 treatments, 3 times a week for 4 weeks. The same standardized examination was done at the end of treatment and 1 month after the end of treatment. The assessor physician was unaware of the treatment allocation. The patients were asked to rate the ultimate outcome on the base of pain resolution and return to sports activity. Both groups had a significant decrease of symptoms (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-211
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Medicine
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Achilles tendon
  • Microwave diathermy
  • Overuse injury
  • Patellar tendon
  • Physical therapy
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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