RADIOTHERAPY – TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR “BENIGN ILLNESSES”

Low-dosage radiotherapy has an inflammation-inhibiting and therefore pain-reducing effect. This has been known for many decades. The beneficial effects of this kind of therapy are scientifically proven. The so-called inflammation or irritative x-ray radiation is predominantly used today to treat diseases of the musculoskeletal system.

These mainly include: arthroses on hand joints, the shoulder, the hip or the knee. The inflammation radiation is also applied for heel spur, tennis elbow, or for inflammations of the bursa (bursitis). According to literature data, 60-80% of all patients benefit from pain relief or complete elimination of the symptoms.

The inflammation radiation is performed in a total of six sessions lasting approx. 1 minute each. With two appointments scheduled per week, there is a total of three weeks treatment time. Following treatment, a waiting period of about two months must be calculated before evaluation of the treatment results. If symptoms still exist at this time, treatment can be repeated.

The costs for inflammation therapy will be covered in full by the health insurance provider.

LITERATURE REFERENCE

Seegenschmiedt MH et al: Radiation therapy for nonmalignant diseases in Germany. Current concepts and future perspectives. Strahlenther Onkol 180:718-730, 2004.
Muecke R et al: Demographic, clinical and treatment related predictors for event-free probability following low-dose radiotherapy for painful heel spurs - a retrospective multicentre study of 502 patients. Acta Oncol 46:239-246, 2007.

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January 30th, 2017