We present a case report of a 14-year-old Caucasian sport woman affected by bilateral and symmetrical knee osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) addressed to surgery, in which extracorporeal shock wave therapy determined complete healing. Shock wave is a longitudinal acoustic wave traveling with the speed of ultrasound through the water of the body tissue. Recently, this therapy has been used in the treatment of a number of musculoskeletal pathologies on the basis of the effects produced by the induction of angiogenesis, recruitment of progenitor cells and downregulation of cartilage damage. This therapy is useful, because it is non-invasive, safe, without complications or adverse effects and repeatable. Thus, it could be suggested as a useful strategy for the treatment of OCD prior starting surgery.

A volleyball player with bilateral knee osteochondritis dissecans treated with extracorporeal shock wave therapy

Moretti, Biagio;Notarnicola, Angela;Moretti, Lorenzo;Giordano, Paola;Patella, Vittorio
2009

Abstract

We present a case report of a 14-year-old Caucasian sport woman affected by bilateral and symmetrical knee osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) addressed to surgery, in which extracorporeal shock wave therapy determined complete healing. Shock wave is a longitudinal acoustic wave traveling with the speed of ultrasound through the water of the body tissue. Recently, this therapy has been used in the treatment of a number of musculoskeletal pathologies on the basis of the effects produced by the induction of angiogenesis, recruitment of progenitor cells and downregulation of cartilage damage. This therapy is useful, because it is non-invasive, safe, without complications or adverse effects and repeatable. Thus, it could be suggested as a useful strategy for the treatment of OCD prior starting surgery.
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