Shock waves are sent into the patient’s tissues in pulses of focused pressure, each lasting just a fraction of a second, which directly generates a mechanical force within the tissues. The main objective of these waves is the stimulation of reparative processes at bone-level. In addition, these waves also have a potent anti-inflamatory effect.
This treatment is extremely effective in several osteoarticular diseases such as:
- Calcification or tendinopathy of the shoulder
- Patellar and quadricep tendinopathies
- Achilles Tendon tendinopathy
- Hamstring tendinopathy (or groin & rectal adductor strains)
- Plantar fasciitis (heel spurs)
- Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Medial epicondylitis (golfer's elbow)
- Complications of muscle damage (scarring, heterotopic ossification)
- Nonspecific synovitis of small joints
- Delays union of bone fractures
In most cases these treatments are provided in 3-5 applications, each lasting around 5-6 minutes with each session spaced around 2-7 days apart, again depending on the specific pathology of the patient.
During treatment, some patients report feeling of mild discomfort, which subsides shortly after the session finishes.