Extracorporal Shockwave Therapy

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is the transcutaneous application of high-energy acoustic waves to break down tissue or to promote healing and repair. Focused ESWT involves the application of acoustic waves transmitted in a narrow or focused pattern. First used in the early 1980s, this type of ESWT emerged as a noninvasive treatment known as lithotripsy to eliminate kidney stones. In the decades that followed the advent of lithotripsy, researchers began to examine other potential clinical applications for focused ESWT and another form of shock wave therapy known as radial ESWT. In contrast to focused ESWT, radial ESWT acoustic waves are transmitted in a more diffuse, radial pattern.

The evolving list of diagnoses for which ESWT shows potential includes:

  • Shoulder tendinopathy
  • Lateral epicondylosis*/epicondylitis
  • Greater trochanteric pain syndrome
  • Hamstring tendinopathy
  • Patellar tendinopathy
  • Medial tibial stress syndrome
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Plantar fasciitis*
  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Fracture nonunion
  • Spasticity of spinal and supraspinal origin (stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy)

*Device approved by the FDA but not covered by most insurance plans

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