The Role of Extracorporeal Shock Waves

  • S. Russo
  • E. M. Corrado
  • B. Corrado
  • T. Benigno


Osteonecrosis of the femoral head is a common cause of disabling pain in the hip, which greatly affects the quality life. This disease usually leads to femoral head flattening with joint narrowing and acetabular involvement [1]. Many techniques have been proposed for the treatment of femoral head osteonecrosis, but the best method of treatment at any stage is still under debate. Non-surgical management is usually indicated in the early stages, whereas surgery is used in intermediate or the most-advanced stages.


Shock Wave Femoral Head Core Decompression Shock Wave Treatment Femoral Head Osteonecrosis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Russo
    • 1
  • E. M. Corrado
    • 1
  • B. Corrado
    • 1
  • T. Benigno
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Federico II Medical SchoolUniversity of NaplesNaplesItaly

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