Shockwave Therapy

Posted on May 26, 2024

Shockwave technology, also known as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), is a non-invasive medical treatment that uses high-energy acoustic waves to stimulate healing in various tissues of the body. It was originally developed to treat kidney stones, but its applications have expanded to various musculoskeletal conditions.

In ESWT, a device generates shockwaves that are focused on the targeted area of the body. These waves pass through the skin, delivering mechanical energy to the underlying tissues. The exact mechanisms of how shockwave therapy works are not fully understood, but it is believed to promote tissue regeneration, increase blood flow, and reduce pain.

Shockwave therapy has been used to treat a range of conditions, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy, tennis elbow, shoulder tendinopathies, and certain types of fractures. It is typically performed in a clinical setting by a trained healthcare professional.

The treatment usually involves multiple sessions, with each session lasting around 10 to 30 minutes. Some patients may experience mild discomfort during the procedure, but it is generally well-tolerated. After the treatment, patients are usually advised to avoid intense physical activity for a short period to allow the healing process to occur.

It's important to note that while shockwave therapy has shown promising results for certain conditions, it may not be suitable for everyone. It's always best to consult with a healthcare professional to determine if shockwave therapy is appropriate for your specific condition. 

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