Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy
This method of therapy has been used since the 1980s to treat kidney stones and was later successfully adopted by orthopedics. Shock waves are especially short sound waves with very high energy. Different clinical conditions can be treated with waves of various strengths. Thus, waves with low energy are used to treat trigger points but also acute sports injuries such as pulled muscles.
The shock waves encourage blood circulation, stimulate the supply of nutrients and support the body's own healing powers. Therapy with low-energy shock waves is painless and does not have any side effects. Medium-energy shock waves help treat calcium deposits in the shoulder but also problematic tendons in the areas of knee, ankle or elbow. Hematomas can appear as a side effect. This therapy is not painless and therefore, the areas to be treated are locally anesthetized. High-energy shock waves can treat what is known as pseudo-arthroses, i.e., the delayed healing of bone fractures or necroses of the femoral head where, for to a variety of reasons, part of the hip bone dies. This treatment is always administered while using a local anesthetic and sometimes even under general anesthesia