Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) for Musculoskeletal Disorders

January 25, 2023

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) for Musculoskeletal Disorders

Musculoskeletal disorders are a leading cause of disability around the world. The lack of effective treatments for these disorders has led to an increased interest in non-invasive treatment options, such as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT).

ESWT is a state-of-the-art, evidence-based medical treatment used to treat chronic pain and other musculoskeletal disorders. It uses high-energy sound waves to stimulate the targeted tissues to relieve pain and restore function.

What ESWT Helps With

ESWT has been used for the treatment of various musculoskeletal disorders, such as:

●    Tendinopathies

●    Plantar fasciitis

●    Calcific tendinitis

●    Epicondylitis

●    Stress fractures

●    Shin splints

●    Myofascial pain syndrome

In addition to its use in musculoskeletal disorders, ESWT has also been used in the treatment of various sports injuries. Research has shown that ESWT can be effective in reducing pain, increasing function, and improving patient satisfaction.


One of the major advantages of ESWT is that it’s relatively non-invasive and requires minimal recovery time compared to other treatments, such as surgery or injections. It’s typically administered on an outpatient basis and does not involve hospitalization or general anesthesia.

Unlike other medical treatments, there are no side effects associated with ESWT. However, it should be noted that local reactions may occur during or after treatment, including bruising or swelling at the site of application.

ESWT helps reduce inflammation and can be safely used in combination with other treatments, such as physical therapy and medications. For instance, if physical therapy alone does not provide sufficient relief for a patient suffering from tendonitis, then ESWT may be beneficial in increasing the rate of recovery.

Similarly, if a patient has experienced trauma from an accident but is unable to undergo surgery, then ESWT can be used as an alternative means of rehabilitation and recovery.

To learn more about the benefits of ESWT and to see if it’s right for you, schedule an appointment today.