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What is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)?
ESWT is a fast and gentle non-surgical method of reducing musculoskeletal pain. It is a noninvasive treatment that involves delivery of shock waves to injured soft tissue to reduce pain and promote healing. It is derived from lithotripsy, a technique used today to disintegrate kidney stones without the use of invasive surgery. The device delivers pneumatically-generated low or high-pressure shock waves that travel through the skin. Inflamed soft tissue and bone calcifications that receive these low or high energy pulses will heal stronger without harm to the surrounding tissues. Electricity is not sent into the body. High energy pulsations of ultrasonic waves stimulate the body’s natural self-healing process. Click here to learn more about shockwave therapy from the Mayo Clinic.
Who does this treatment benefit?
ESWT is especially beneficial for patients that have sports injuries and/or chronic muscle pain, and have not had much success with traditional therapies such as medications, injections, orthotic therapy, or physical therapy. Shock wave therapy may give good outcomes for some tendon problems or chronic degenerative conditions- examples include Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis.
What conditions could Shockwave Therapy treat?
Shockwave therapy could be used to treat musculoskeletal conditions, even chronic ones, that affect tendons and their insertions on bones such as:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonopathy
- Retrocalcaneal Bursitis
- Lateral Epicondylosis (Tennis Elbow)
- Medial Epicondylosis (Golfer’s Elbow)
- Calcific Tendonitis (supraspinatus tendon, etc.)
- Patellar Tendinosis (Jumper’s Knee)
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Chronic Stress/Non-union Fractures