A shock wave is a short pressure disturbance that spreads rapidly in three-dimensional space. It is associated with a sudden rise. A significant tissue effect is cavitation consequent to the negative phase of the wave propagation.
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a treatment used in physical therapy, orthopedics, urology and cardiology, it is similar to sound waves, generated by an electromagnetic coil or a spark in water.
Is shockwave therapy effective? ESWT is commonly used for treating orthopedic problems in horses, including tendon and ligament injuries, kissing spine, navicular syndrome, and arthritis. Nowadays, shockwave therapy is a multidisciplinary device used in orthopaedics, physiotherapy, sports medicine, urology and veterinary medicine. Its main assets are fast pain relief and mobility restoration.
Generally speaking, the common effects are: improve blood circulation, accelerate bone healing and analgesia. So, it can apply to different parts of body such as elbow, shoulders, knees, hip, etc. In summary, shock wave therapy is a noninvasive, no anesthetic, high effectiveness and fast way to relief the pain.