Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses high-energy sound waves to treat musculoskeletal conditions such as chronic pain, tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis. The therapy works by delivering high-energy acoustic waves to the affected area, which causes microtrauma in the tissue and triggers the body's natural healing response.
Shockwave therapy can be delivered in different ways, the most common being radial shockwave therapy (RSWT) and focused shockwave therapy (FSWT). Radial shockwaves are applied to the surface of the skin and are used to treat conditions such as tendinitis, epicondylitis, and plantar fasciitis. Focused shockwaves, on the other hand, are directed more precisely to a specific area deep within the tissue and are used to treat conditions such as bone fractures and chronic pain.
Shockwave therapy is generally considered safe and effective, however, it is not recommended for everyone, for example, people with blood clotting disorders, cancer, or pregnant women. The therapy can cause some discomfort during the treatment session but it is generally well-tolerated and has a low rate of complications.