Advantage of Extracorporeal shock wave therapy

January 11, 2017 Off By Dante Filyaw

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy, ESWT, was used initially for the treatment of kidney stones in the body without having to undergo surgery and then the technology was widened for usage in treating of other conditions including musculoskeletal conditions. Learn more about the treatment methods on

It is used to treat various conditions such as,

  1. Joint injuries
  2. Muscle pains and injuries
  3. Achilles tendinitis
  4. Calcific tendinitis
  5. Connective tissue pain
  6. Plantar fasciitis
  7. Bone healing
  8. Stress fractures
  9. Peyronie’s disease

ESWT is usually given to those patients who are responsive to this therapy and in those cases where other alternatives or traditional treatments haven’t been effective. It is also considered as an alternative to many surgeries.

Various studies on have shown that the ESWT has a success rate of almost 80% in treating the conditions.

Alternative to traditional methods of treatment

A most beneficial thing aspect of this therapy is that a condition of a patient can be treated without having to undergo a surgery. Many patients find instant improvement after the treatment initially but it is temporary in the beginning. Complete healing of the injury takes time and may require a number of therapies conducted over many weeks.

This technology has been used as an alternative to many other forms of treatments from many decades and also has shown positive results in millions of people across Europe and other developed countries as well. This method of therapy has almost nil side effects, even if they do have any side effects they are very mild unlike that in surgeries and other types of treatments.

Simple procedure

A benefit of ESWT is the simplistic nature of the procedure. Depending on the severity of the condition the intensity of the shock waves is decided. In most of the cases, the intensity of the waves is kept low and this doesn’t require any form of anesthesia be it general or local to be administered into the patient before the procedure. However, if the intensity of the waves is going to be high then a general or local anesthesia is to be administered otherwise it’s a simple procedure when compared to other procedures of treatments like surgeries.

Broadly the benefit of ESWT is that it works without any use of harmful rays or injection of drugs into the body. It is a process that is stimulating the tissues so that they can be healed naturally ultimately providing relief from pain and also flexibility in those tissues that have been affected.

It comes with no side effects and also the duration of the therapy is short ranging into only a few minutes. The numbers of sessions that are required for the treatment are only a few saving lot of time for those patients who have a busy schedule. As the duration of the therapy per session is only for few minutes the uncomforting is over quickly. There is no pain after the therapy session in most of the cases even if the patient experiences little pain it will subside in few hours. The only aftercare a patient has to take is the decrease in the activity after the therapy session.