Shock Wave Therapy is a term that is used to describe low-intensity shock wave treatment. This therapy method has been used in orthopedics for years to help heal broken bones, injured ligaments, and injured tendons. ESWT has also been used for accelerating the healing of wounds. Targeted high-energy sound waves accelerate tissue regeneration and cell growth.
Shock waves are sound waves with unique physical properties, which can be produced at different intensities, and have been used for medical purposes for a long time.
In medicine, shock waves were firstly used to break down kidney stones in the 1980s. The shock waves used for this purpose are of high intensity and bear such a high energy that they can shatter a stone. Later, it was observed that the recovery time of the tissues was faster thanks to the shock waves, and shock waves of medium intensity were started to be used for the treatment of various orthopedic diseases.
With low-intensity shock waves, on the other hand, various heart diseases and erectile dysfunction have been treated by stimulating the formation of new vessels (vascularization) in recent years.