Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a procedure where shockwaves are applied to the body in an attempt to breakdown calcifications and promote tendon healing.
Shockwaves are acoustic waves with an extremely high energy peak like ones which occur in the atmosphere after an explosive event such as a lightning strike. The term “shockwave therapy” refers to the mechanical pressure pulses that expand as a wave within the human body. Shockwave therapy has been used to disintegrate kidney stones for nearly 3 decades.
Why is it used?
It is purported that shockwave therapy can:
- Break up calcifications in a tendon
- Relieve pain from tendinopathy
- Help regenerate a tendon injury
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