Light Treatment Doesn’t Work For Achilles Tendinopathy

Lynda Williams writing in MedWire reported research showing “that active intense pulsed light (ILP) does not benefit patients with chronic mid-body Achilles tendinopathy.” Investigators did not find a “significant difference in the achilles-tendinopathy6- and 12-week outcomes of 21 patients (27 tendons) who were randomly assigned to receive three weekly sessions with single pulse IPL designed to penetrate the and the 22 patients (27 tendons) given sham IPL.” The findings were published in the Bone and Joint Journal.

Comment: It is sometimes difficult to separate effective treatments vs those that don’t work.

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