Treating Benign Conditions with Radiation Therapy
Q. Did you know GenesisCare treat benign conditions with radiation therapy to reduce the pain associated with degenerative or inflammatory conditions? Have treatment methods such as steroid injections, pain medications and physiotherapy failed to provide pain relief and reduce inflammation?
A. Radiation therapy may now be an appropriate treatment option for you.
There is now a large and growing body of clinical research to demonstrate that radiation therapy, often called radiotherapy, can be as effective as traditional treatment techniques across a range of degenerative or inflammatory musculoskeletal indications. These include plantar fasciitis, Dupuytren’s Contracture disease / plantar fibromatosis, Achilles tendinopathy, rotator cuff syndrome and tennis elbow.
Established treatments, anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injections and/or physiotherapy, have shown to have variable effectiveness on these conditions. In some cases, randomized trials have demonstrated that radiation therapy produces superior outcomes. 1, 2, 3, 4 For example, a clinical trial showed that patients treated with radiation therapy for plantar fasciitis had improved pain control with radiation therapy compared with steroid injections.5 Although the exact mechanisms are unclear, it is thought that radiation therapy works by exerting an anti-inflammatory or anti-proliferative effect to reduce pain and swelling.
Radiation treatments can be delivered in as few as six non-invasive sessions. Each session takes around 20 minutes and has minimal risks. All treatments are delivered safely and effectively with modern equipment and using the latest proven techniques. There may be some mild redness of the skin immediately following treatment, but this usually disappears over 2-3 weeks. Anecdotally, around 80% of our patients report some resolution of pain, and about one third state that the pain is completely controlled after treatment.