What is Shockwave Therapy?

Updated: Jul 21


People suffering from various joint and tendon disorders can now opt for certain outpatient alternatives to surgery. One such alternative is non-invasive shockwave therapy. This therapy is unique in that it triggers the body's natural healing response. That is the primary purpose of this branch of treatment.


Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy or ESWT sends various acoustic shock waves across the bones or soft tissues, thereby reinjuring the area and breaking up the scarring there that has already penetrated the tendons and ligaments in that area.

How It Works

Elimination and pain management is what shockwave therapy is especially good at. Various musculoskeletal conditions, especially those that involve connective tissues like ligaments and tendons, are where shockwave therapy is used primarily. Shockwave therapy uses much lower energy than other medical applications use. Traditional forms of treatment may not be what certain tendon conditions respond to at times.


For those with chronic tendinitis, which has not responded well to other forms of treatment for plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff, calcific tendinitis of the shoulder, and tennis elbow, shockwave therapy is most important suitable to such people. Such conditions may have been caused due to various reasons like overuse, repetitive strain, or even some sports injury.


Shockwave treatment is done about once a week and may stretch to anything between three to six weeks, depending on how soon positive results are encountered. Some mild discomfort may arise from the treatment itself, but that may last for anything between 4 to 5 minutes. The intensity can also be adjusted to keep the therapy a comfortable experience.


Benefits of Shockwave Therapy

Anyone suffering from soft tissue injuries can benefit from shockwave therapy. Athletes can benefit most from this therapy. A physiotherapist will assess your condition on your first visit to him. He is the one who will assess your situation and decide that you are an appropriate patient to undergo shockwave therapy. He will instruct you about your condition and the treatment. He will also advise you on what more you can do in conjunction with this treatment.


Other Benefits of Shockwave Therapy are:

· The success rate of treatment is either equal to or greater than surgery.

Chronic pain in your elbow, knee, heel, back, or shoulder can be addressed by this non-invasive solution.


  • No drugs are required.

  • No anaesthesia is required.

  • Side effects are extremely nominal.

  • Orthopaedics, sports medicine, and rehabilitation are the main fields of application of shockwave therapy.

  • Fresh new research has proven that shockwave therapy can have a positive effect on acute pain.

What to Expect After a Session

Most often, patients feel less to no pain at all after treatment. Usually, such patients can go back to their normal ways and activities. There may be a throbbing pain for 2-4 hours after the treatment, even up to 24-48 hours. Rarely temporary reddening of skin, pain, or even worsening of symptoms during the first few days after treatment are all natural.

It is important that after shockwave therapy treatment, all activity is lessened for about 48 hours for the body to come back to a more normal state before you can take up normal activities again.


For any lingering injury or any pain that has resulted from an illness, shockwave therapy is its own treatment. There is no need for painkillers with shockwave therapy. Many patients have reported that their pain has reduced, and their mobility has improved after the first treatment itself.


Parkway Back and Foot Clinic utilizes Shockwave therapy to provide relief from pain and increase mobility.

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