Extracorpeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a new treatment modality for tendinopathy and calcium deposition. Calcium build-up occurs most often as a result of micro tears or other trauma to a tendon. It presents itself in tennis elbow, rotator cuff tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs or myositis ossificans and can be a reason for chronic muscle pain and why injuries don't respond to conventional therapies including exercise. ESWT is delivered through a machine and is offered in our clinic.
Shockwave itself is an acoustic wave which carries high energy to painful spots and musculoskeletal tissues with subacute, sub chronic and chronic conditions. The energy is proposed to promote regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons and other soft tissues. The proposed medical effects of Shockwave are accelerated tissue repair and cell growth, analgesia and mobility restoration.
The theory of shockwave is as follows: 'Acoustic waves are proposed to break up the existing calcifications. Shockwave therapy starts the biochemical change in the tendon. The granular particles of calcium are then removed by the lymphatic system'.