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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy


Therapeutic shock waves were first introduced as a medical treatment for eliminating kidney stones approximately 20 years ago. Some of the effects discovered during treatments, were the effects on bone healing (bone density increase), as well as accelerated tissue healing in the area.

The idea of using shock waves to dissolve calcifications in the shoulder or at tendon insertions only appeared in the late 1980′s. In addition further clinical studies carried out in the early 1990's demonstrated interesting effects on living tissue.

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Today shock waves are used to treat numerous conditions in Cardiology, Urology, Rehabilitation medicine and Aesthetic medicine. It is estimated that more than one million patients are treated annually with Extracorporeal shockwaves in the USA alone.

A shock wave is a type of propagating disturbance. Like an ordinary wave, it carries energy and can propagate through a medium (solid, liquid, gas or plasma). Radial pressure waves offer a non-invasive treatment solution to long term insertion and soft tissue pathologies. There are several working hypothesis for the physical effects of radial pressure waves on pain, cells metabolism, blood flowand muscle tone.

Example of indications:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achillodynia
  • Shin splint
  • Muscle sprain
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Runner’s knee
  • Femoro patellar syndrome
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Trocanteric insertion tendonitis
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Low back/thoracic pain
  • Calcified shoulder tendonitis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Cervical brachial neuralgia
  • Trapezius tension
  • Radial/medial epicondylitis
  • Finger tendonitis
  • Muscular cramps/spasm
  • Cellulite treatment