Effectiveness of the Intratissue Percutaneous Electrolysis (EPI®) technique and isoinertial eccentric exercise in the treatment of patellar tendinopathy at two years follow-up

Ferran Abat, Wayne J. Diesel, Pablo E. Gelber, Fernando Polidori, Joan Carles Monllau, Jose Manuel Sanchez-Ibañez

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Abstract

Aim: to show the effect of Intratissue Percutaneous Electrolysis (EPI®) combined with eccentric programme in the treatment of patellar tendinopathy. Methods: prospective study of 33 athlete-patients consecutively treated for insertional tendinopathy with Intratissue Percutaneous Electrolysis (EPI®) and followed for 2 years. Functional assessment was performed at the first visit, at three months and two years with the Tegner scale and VISA-P. Results: an average improvement in the VISA-P of 35 points was obtained. The mean duration of treatment was 4.5 weeks. Some 78.8% of the patients returned to the same level of physical activity as before the injury by the end of treatment, reaching 100% at two years. Conclusions: intratissue percutaneous electrolysis (EPI®) combined with an eccentric-based rehab program offers excellent results in terms of the clinical and functional improvement of the patellar tendon with low morbidity in a short-term period. Level of Evidence: Therapy, level 4. © CIC Edizioni Internazionali.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-193
JournalMuscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Eccentric
  • EPI
  • Intratissue percutaneous electrolysis
  • Patellar
  • Tendinopathy
  • Tenopathy

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