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DEFOCUSED AND RADIAL SHOCK WAVE THERAPY, MESOTHERAPY, AND KINESIO TAPING EFFECTS IN PATIENTS WITH LIPEDEMA: A PILOT STUDY

Authors
  • S. Michelini
  • F. Musa
  • M. Vetrano
  • F. Santoboni
  • S.M. Nusca
  • E. Latini
  • D. Trischitta
  • S. Michelini
  • M. Iosa
  • M.C. Vulpiani

Abstract

The aim of this pilot study was to investigate the effects of defocused and radial shock wave therapy, mesotherapy, and kinesio taping on pain, circumferences of lower limbs, echographic/ elastosonographic pattern of subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT), and quality of life in patients with lipedema. Fifteen women affected by lower limb lipedema in stage II were treated with shock wave therapy, mesotherapy, and kinesio taping on thighs and legs (eight sessions, twice a week). The primary outcome was pain, as assessed by Numeric Rating Scale (NRS). Secondary outcomes included the limb circumferences measurements, the SF-12 Health Survey for quality of life, the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) for disability, and echographic/ elastosonographic changes of SAT. Significant reductions of pain and circumference measurements were seen in patients at each follow up. This was associated with significant reduction of thickness, echographic pattern improvement, and increased elasticity of SAT, with consequent positive impact on the quality of life and disability reported by the patients. The results demonstrate improved clinical and functional ultrasound findings in patients affected by lipedema in the early stages of lower limbs, and this combination therapy needs to be investigated in larger

Keywords: lipedema, disability, shock wave therapy, mesotherapy, kinesio taping

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Michelini, S. & Musa, F. & Vetrano, M. & Santoboni, F. & Nusca, S. & Latini, E. & Trischitta, D. & Michelini, S. & Iosa, M. & Vulpiani, M., (2023) “DEFOCUSED AND RADIAL SHOCK WAVE THERAPY, MESOTHERAPY, AND KINESIO TAPING EFFECTS IN PATIENTS WITH LIPEDEMA: A PILOT STUDY”, Lymphology 56(1), 13-26. doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/lymph.5872

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Published on
28 Nov 2023
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