All you need to know about Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is an FDA approved treatment of conditions like Achilles tendons, tennis elbow, diabetic wounds and also for the erectile dysfunction. Visit the link for more know-how.

Ailments that are treated

The most common ailments that are treated using this therapy have degenerated tendons, heel pains, and tennis elbow. It is also used in urology and cardiology apart from physical therapy and orthopedics. It is also known to promote bone healing and is an alternative to non-healing fractures which requires surgical procedures.

It has also shown short-term as well as a long term positive results in patients who have diabetes and suffer from foot ulcers.

A heart condition which results in chest pain known by name angina has also been treated successfully with the help of extracorporeal shock wave therapy.

In the year 2010, the shockwaves were used to treat conditions like pelvic pain syndrome and erectile dysfunction with a success percentage of 80%.

Procedure of treatment

The term extracorporeal indicates the very nature of the treatment which is done by targeting externally on the body and transmitting the shockwaves through into the skin.

This procedure involves the application of a non-invasive probe and then the waves are targeted on the affected area. The waves are a result of the electrical charge. The shock waves create a force on the targeted tissue and cause inflammation of the tissues, and the blood circulation in the area increases which augments the quick healing of the injured parts. The shockwaves stimulate the production of new blood vessels and new nerve cells in the body. Learn more about treatments on

This is an outpatient procedure and starts with an application of a gel on the area of a target. The next step involves placing of a probe on the area where the gel was applied to induce the shock waves. The intensity of the waves could be high or low. Depending upon the condition of the injury the intensity of the shock waves to be administered is decided. The low energy waves do not cause any pain and hence don’t require any anesthesia to be administered before the shock wave therapy. The high energy waves can be painful and anesthesia is to be administered before going for the therapy. It could be general anesthesia or local anesthesia only in the particular region.

The only disadvantage of administering anesthesia is that this procedure will produce better results if there is an active patient participation where the patient can tell the physician if the probe is in the right area i.e. area of pain or not, but the administering of anesthesia is known to shun the activeness as it creates numbness.

Aftercare and side effects

The aftercare involves a reduction in the physical activity and most of them may gain little weight due to this. But on the whole shock wave therapy is known to give good results.

 But there are few complications associated with the shock therapy; it should be avoided by those people who have poor sensitivity and also by those who are hyper sensitive. It should not be administered in the areas of open wounds or cuts.