Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) otherwise referred to as Shockwave Therapy, was first introduced into clinical practice in 1982 however, it has been utilized since the early 1950’s.
In recent years, Shockwave Therapy has become more frequently used. Originally, it was used for breaking up gallbladder and kidney stones. However, it was later found to help in many chronic pain conditions.
Today, it is included in treatments for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions – including heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, calcification conditions, tendonitis, shin splints, and more. Shockwave therapy has proven to be particularly useful in chronic tendonitis conditions. The low energy acoustic waves have proven to lead to faster healing. It also contributes to the regeneration of tissue – again promoting a proper recovery.
Further, research has shown it has few side effects and a positive impact on acute pain conditions. However, shockwave therapy should not be used if a person has a nerve or circulation disorder, infection, or certain bone disorders and conditions.
Shockwave therapy makes for an ideal non-surgical intervention in many cases. It can help speed up recovery and treat an array of conditions.