Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a noninvasive treatment that involves delivery of shock waves to injured soft tissue to reduce pain and promote healing. According to Jonathan T. Finnoff, D.O., medical director for Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine at Mayo Clinic Square in Minneapolis, ESWT is a viable option to consider for many patients who present with chronic tendinopathy that hasn’t responded to more-conservative treatments. Often difficult to treat, chronic tendinopathy is characterized by localized pain and pathological changes to a tendon. The condition affects athletes and nonathletes alike.
What Conditions Can Be Treated With an Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy Machine?
Regardless of the cause, dull or aching pain, pain that travels up and down the leg, into the lower back, or pain in the wrists and elbows can significantly diminish a person’s quality of life.
Some people may experience intermittent pain, such as discomfort that comes and goes, while others deal with constant pain. Acute pain is often severe and comes on quickly from an injury, whereas chronic pain is more constant and longer-lasting.
Shockwave therapy machines can be used to treat many different types of soft tissue injuries all over the body, including those that are caused by acute or chronic pain.
What Are the Benefits of Shockwave Treatment?