ESWT is a simple, fast procedure which can get sportsmen and woman back to fitness levels extremely quickly.
Preparation of the patient takes approxemately 5 minutes where the area of treatment is localised mainly by in-line ultrasound or, if necessary, fluoroscopy.
Treatment time is approx. 20 minutes allowing 1.500 - 3.500 shockwaves to be given. The treatment is generally performed without local anaesthetic and to date no serious side effects have been reported. 1 - 2 treatments (one week apart) have proved to be sufficient for excellent results.
What are Extracorporeal Shockwaves?
Extracorporeal Shockwaves in medicine are focused high pressure acoustical waves of very short duration (pulse lenght < 1 microsecond) and high pressure at the focus : 10-100 MPa (100-1000 bar).
They are generated outside the human body by a highly charged electromagnetic coil and focused through a water cushion into a human body to the target region where the acoustic energy is concentrated to a focal area of 2-8 mm diameter (targeting of the focal areas is achieved by integrated in-line ultrasound or a fluoroscopic device).
Shockwaves were first developed in medicine for treatment of kidney and urether stones where the procedure, known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy (ESWL), is well established. ESWL has extended to successfully treat all types of body calculi.