Medical Shockwave Treatment

Medical Shockwave Treatment

Medical Shockwave Treatment is a relatively new non-invasive therapeutic modality which is effective, convenient and safe. It has the potential to replace surgery in many orthopaedic disorders without surgical risks.

In the past 10 to 15 years shockwave treatment has emerged as the leading choice in the treatment of many orthopaedic disorders including plantar fasciitis, lateral epicondylitis, patella and Achilles tendinopathies, calcific tendinitis of the shoulder and non-union of long bone fractures.

The exact mechanism of shockwave treatment remains unknown. However it is thought that it induces a cascade of biological responses and molecular changes which include the ingrowth of vascularisation and up-regulation of angiogenetic growth factors. These lead to improvement in blood supply that induces tissue repair and regeneration.

The vast majority of published papers show a positive beneficial effect. The clinical application of shockwave treatment will increase in the coming years.