Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Ultrasound-guided Injections Help Ease Chronic Achilles Tendon Pain

Date:
October 31, 2007
Source:
American Roentgen Ray Society
Summary:
Patients with chronic tendinosis of the Achilles tendon can experience a reduction in pain when injected with a small amount of a dextrose solution, according to a recent study.

Patients with chronic tendinosis of the Achilles tendon can experience a reduction in pain when injected with a small amount of a dextrose solution, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC.

"Chronic tendinosis is a common overuse injury which can be very painful and debilitating and can affect many tendons throughout the body," said Norman J. Maxwell, MD, lead author of the study. "Research has shown that this condition results from impaired healing of recurrent injury to the tendon. Research has also shown that chronic tendinosis is not an inflammatory but a degenerative process," he said.

"We decided to treat the areas of degeneration and small tears in the tendon by injecting a 25% dextrose solution which would induce an inflammatory process in that area of the tendon and initiate normal wound healing," said Dr. Maxwell. "We performed this treatment using a small needle under ultrasound guidance so that the abnormal areas could be accurately targeted," he said.

According to the study, 32 out of 36 patients who had long standing chronic tendinosis of the Achilles tendon with a mean duration of symptoms of 28.6 months were treated successfully. There was marked reduction in tendon pain at rest and during tendon loading activity following completion of the injection therapy. A telephone interview with 30 patients in the study group a mean of 12 months after their last injection found that 20 of the 30 patients still were asymptomatic and nine patients had only mild symptoms with one patient having moderate symptoms.

"Despite these very encouraging results, further studies are required to validate the effectiveness of this treatment for chronic tendinosis," said Dr. Maxwell. "Some patients respond to the treatment better than others, largely due to the presence or absence of calcifications. We have observed that patients with calcifications in their tendons appear to respond less well to the treatment than patients who have no calcifications," he said.

The full results of this study appear in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology, published by the American Roentgen Ray Society.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by American Roentgen Ray Society. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

American Roentgen Ray Society. "Ultrasound-guided Injections Help Ease Chronic Achilles Tendon Pain." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 31 October 2007. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071029105731.htm>.
American Roentgen Ray Society. (2007, October 31). Ultrasound-guided Injections Help Ease Chronic Achilles Tendon Pain. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 16, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071029105731.htm
American Roentgen Ray Society. "Ultrasound-guided Injections Help Ease Chronic Achilles Tendon Pain." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071029105731.htm (accessed April 16, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Could Even Casual Marijuana Use Alter Your Brain?

Could Even Casual Marijuana Use Alter Your Brain?

Newsy (Apr. 16, 2014) A new study conducted by researchers at Northwestern and Harvard suggests even casual marijuana use can alter your brain. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Ebola Outbreak Now Linked To 121 Deaths

Ebola Outbreak Now Linked To 121 Deaths

Newsy (Apr. 15, 2014) The ebola virus outbreak in West Africa is now linked to 121 deaths. Health officials fear the virus will continue to spread in urban areas. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Cognitive Function: Is It All Downhill From Age 24?

Cognitive Function: Is It All Downhill From Age 24?

Newsy (Apr. 15, 2014) A new study out of Canada says cognitive motor performance begins deteriorating around age 24. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
How Mt. Everest Helped Scientists Research Diabetes

How Mt. Everest Helped Scientists Research Diabetes

Newsy (Apr. 15, 2014) British researchers were able to use Mount Everest's low altitudes to study insulin resistance. They hope to find ways to treat diabetes. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins