Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy – (ESWT) regenerates bones, tendons and ligaments and is a gentle alternative to many surgeries!

For a little more than ten years, shockwave therapy has provided a new form of treatment, which in many cases promises a gentle treatment for inflammation, calcifications or injuries.

Shockwave therapy can even replace surgery.

Shockwaves are short, high-energy mechanical-acoustic waves, which are transmitted through water or water-containing tissue without any weakening. Elastic body tissues – including muscles and fat tissue – simply transmit shockwaves. Only when the shockwave encounters solid tissue components – kidney stones, gallstones, calcium deposits in tendons – the energy contained in the shockwave discharges. The energy affects the firm resistance in the tissue and leads to mechanical fragmentation.

Effects of shockwave therapy

  • Promotion of bone growth 
  • Promotion of blood circulation (vascularization) 
  • Formation of growth factors 
  • Tissue generation and regeneration 
  • Promotion of wound healing 
  • Relief of pain syndromes 
  • Shortening of rehabilitation times

Mechanism of action of shockwave therapy

The mechanism of action of shockwave therapy is being intensively researched. The clinical effectiveness of the shockwave is clearly demonstrated in many studies. Shockwave changes the environment of the treated tissue and can promote regeneration by releasing healing-promoting messengers (bone-forming factors).

Applications:

  • Calcified shoulder (Tendinosis calcarea)
  • Shockwave and heel spur or plantar tendonitis (Fasciitis plantaris)  
  • Tennis elbow (Epicondylitis)
  • Bursitis (Bursitis)
  • Achilles tendonitis (Achillodynia)
  • Patellar tendon inflammation
  • Treatment of poorly healing bone fractures (Pseudarthrosis)
  • Myogeloses and muscle tendon