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Vibration training: new therapy for knee pain


Effective therapy for knee pain
Knee pain is common. Researchers have now had good success with a new type of therapy. Vibration training showed a significant reduction in pain.

Relieve knees again and again
Knee pain can often be avoided with practical tips. For example, experts recommend relieving the knees again and again, avoiding obesity and strengthening the muscles. Athletes usually have strong muscles anyway and are usually not fat. Still, they have knee pain. Researchers from the University of Salzburg are now reporting on a new therapy for knee pain.

Top athletes often have knee pain
Top athletes often suffer from knee pain. One reason for this can be an overload of the patellar tendon.

"With top athletes as well as popular sports it often happens that tendons degenerate and cause pain due to overwork," said sports scientist Florian Rieder from the University of Salzburg in a message.

This disease is called tendinopathy. It affects not only the patellar tendon in the knee, but often also the Achilles tendon on the heel in runners.

Demanding treatment methods
To counteract this rarely inflammatory tendon disease, besides the so-called shock wave treatment, targeted eccentric strength training has been used as part of a physiotherapy or training therapy.

The “Heavy Slow Resistance Training” also comes from Scandinavia. The latter types of treatment show good results; after three months of training, there was a significant decrease in pain in most cases.

However, the disadvantage of these common treatment methods is that they are very intensive and sometimes also painful and, moreover, are often too demanding for the general population.

Alternative treatment for the general population
The new "Good Vibrations" method, examined by Florian Rieder and Hans-Peter Wiesinger, promises to be just as successful, but it is much easier for those affected to carry out.

"Vibration training hardly puts a strain on the patient," says Rieder. Already in his dissertation, he dealt with the question of how vibration training affects muscles, tendons and strength.

The people who participated in this study were healthy and untrained. "We realized that the training hardly has any influence on the muscles and strength, but that it has a constructive effect on the patella tendon."

In another study, people suffering from tendinopathy are now to carry out the vibration training program.

"If the" good vibration therapy "hits, we have a good treatment alternative for the general population," says Rieder. (ad)

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