A treatment used in physical therapy, orthopedics, urology, and cardiology. The shockwaves are abrupt, high amplitude pulses of mechanical energy, similar to soundwaves, generated by an electromagnetic coil.
ECSWT can be used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, in particular those involving where major connective tissues attach to bone. Common sites for ESWT include areas where complaints involve the attachment of tendons and ligaments onto major joints like the shoulder (rotator cuff strains and tendinopathy), elbow (medial or lateral epicondylitis), hip (trochanteric bursitis), knee (patellar tendinopathy), and foot (plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinopathy).
ESWT has also been proposed to aid in bone healing including stress fractures, avascular necrosis, slow healing bone (delayed unions), and non-healing bone (non-unions). There are numerous benefits of ECSWT and it offers a non-surgical option for treatment of some conditions. ECSWT has no side effects, is easy to use, and is affordable and covered by some insurance companies.
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