Shockwave Therapy and Anesthesia: What Evidence is there?

Review Article | Volume 1 | Issue 1 | JRS December 2021 | Page 13-15 | Paulo Roberto Dias Santos, Bruno Schiefer Dos Santos, Nacime Salomao Barbachan Mansur DOI: 10.13107/jrs.2021.v01.i01.009

Author: Paulo Roberto Dias Santos [1], Bruno Schiefer Dos Santos [1], Nacime Salomao Barbachan Mansur [1,2]

[1] Departamento de Ortopedia e Traumatologia, Escola Paulista de Medicina, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.

[2] Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.


Address of Correspondence:
Dr. Nacime Salomao Barbachan Mansur, MD, PhD.
Departamento de Ortopedia e Traumatologia, Disciplina de Ortopedia e Traumatologia, Escola Paulista de Medicina – Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil.


Introduction: The use of anesthetics on extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) for musculoskeletal disorders is a matter of debate. Although widely performed, especially on focal procedures, its scientific background is sparse. This study aims to review the current evidence
on the use of anesthetics in ESWT.
Methods: A literature review of the PubMed, Web of Science, Embase, EBSCO, and Cochrane Library databases was performed. Studies assessing or comparing the use of any type of anesthetic in any form of shockwave therapy were collected.

Results: After inclusion and exclusion criteria assessment, a total of seven studies were found to directly address the subject and only four were original articles.
Conclusion: The produced evidence is small and lacks methodological quality. These facts support the necessity for new studies using the present technology to determine the real effect of anesthetics on ESWT.

Level of Evidence: Level V. Literature Review

Keywords: Shock waves, Radial pressure waves, Quality standards


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How to Cite this article: Santos PRD, Dos Santos BS, Mansur NSB | Shockwave therapy and anesthesia: What evidence is there? | Journal of Regenerative Science | December 2021;1(1):13-15.

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