Navigation Links
Saline Wash May Ease Shoulder Tendonitis
Date:11/28/2007

Study supports effectiveness of the ultrasound-guided technique

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- A new minimally invasive procedure is a quick, inexpensive way to treat tendonitis in the shoulder, Italian researchers report.

The researchers used ultrasound-guided percutaneous (through the skin) therapy to treat the shoulders of more than 2,000 people (average age 42) with calcific tendonitis, characterized by the formation of small calcium deposits within the tendons of the rotator cuff. These deposits can cause pain and restrict mobility.

Ultrasound-guided percutaneous therapy is a 10-minute procedure in which a radiologist, guided by ultrasound, injects a saline solution into the rotator cuff to wash the area and break up the calcium. A second needle is then used to remove the calcium residue. Patient recovery time is about an hour.

In 71.7 percent of patients, the calcification was fully removed in one treatment, resulting in improved mobility and pain reduction. In 23.6 percent of patients, a second treatment was required because of the presence of more than one calcification. In 3.8 percent of patients, the calcification had moved or dissolved before treatment. In 0.9 percent of patients, there was no easing of symptoms, due to the presence of a tendon tear.

The findings were to be presented Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago.

"This is a quick, successful and inexpensive therapy for tendon calcifications. It provides significant and long-lasting reduction of symptoms," Dr. Luca M. Sconfienza, of the department of radiology at A.O. Ospedale Santa Corona in Pietre Ligure, and the department of experimental medicine at the University of Genova, said in a prepared statement.

While only a few institutions currently offer this therapy, it could be performed in any hospital or clinic that has ultrasound equipment with a superficial probe, Sconfienza said.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has more about shoulder problems.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Radiological Society of North America, news release, Nov. 28, 2007


'/>"/>
Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Saline Reduces Mortality for Brain Injury Patients
2. Saline Irrigation Eases Chronic Nasal Symptoms
3. New treatment effective for patients with shoulder pain
4. A New Study Links High Volume Pain Pumps with the Devastating and Painful Loss of Cartilage Following Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
5. How pitching changes little leaguers shoulders
6. Study Author Urges Peers to Stop Using Pain Pumps in the Shoulder Joint as Seasonal Surge in Use Approaches
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... The Rhode Island Quality ... Management Alerts and Dashboards, an innovative new service enabling healthcare providers to proactively ... Management Alerts and Dashboards provide near real-time data about patients admitted to and/or ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... ... By scoring 100% for fiscal management and accountability, the Arthritis National Research ... Charity Navigator, validating ANRF's work as a top charity in America. , This achievement ... earns ANRF a spot on their “ 10 Charities Worth Watching ” list as ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... ... Studies show evidence that carotenoids and antioxidants derived either from the diet or from ... how often do ophthalmologists and optometrists in Sweden recommend the use of nutritional supplements, ... symptoms of AMD? A study published recently in Dove Medical Press journal, ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... Dr. Ran Y. ... has recently begun offering three new minimally invasive procedures to patients who want ... reducing downtime, Dr. Rubinstein is excited to bring microneedling, microneedling facials, and platelet ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Everybody has their own personal preference when it comes to ... some people don't like it at all. FindaTopDoc took a look at what makes ... can give readers a taste of their deepest, darkest fantasies and has the ability ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/19/2017)... , June 19, 2017  Researchers from DRUGSCAN ® ... they will host a live, complimentary webinar titled, "Untangling ... benchtop to the real world" on Wednesday June 28, ... This webinar will feature interviews with recreational ... into the manipulation techniques abusers use to prepare opioid ...
(Date:6/14/2017)... , June 14, 2017  ivWatch LLC, a ... effectiveness of intravenous (IV) therapy, is pleased to announce ... category of Nonsurgical Hospital Supplies and Equipment at the ... program for the medtech industry. The award was presented ... Jacob K. Javits Center in New York ...
(Date:6/13/2017)... , June 13, 2017 Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. ... today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ... 3, 2015 relating to its Zhejiang, China ... "The successful clearance of the Warning Letter ... manufacturing facility is a measure of the progress we have ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: