Shock Wave Therapy

Shock Wave Therapy - A Treatment Method for Pain and Inflammation

Since the 1990s, shock wave therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), has been successfully used in orthopedics. The method, originally used in urology for the fragmentation of kidney and ureteral stones, quickly proved to be effective for bone tissues.

Using piezoelectric principles, high-energy and low-energy sound waves are generated outside the body and transmitted to the treated area via ultrasound gel. The energy density of these short pulses can be specifically focused on the treated tissue to achieve maximum effectiveness.

This method stimulates bone growth, promotes metabolism by releasing biologically active substances, promotes the formation of new blood vessels, and relieves pain by destroying pain receptors. Although the exact mechanisms of action are not fully understood, shock wave therapy has been successful in treating pain and inflammation in joints such as arthritis, tennis/golfer's elbow, calcifications and heel spurs, as well as shin splints. Arthrose, Tennis-/Golferellenbogen, Kalkbildung und Fersensporn sowie Schienbeinkantensyndrom.