What is ESWT?
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is the name given to a treatment form that involves shockwaves being passed through the skin to the injured part of the body. ESWT has been reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the UK and has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA.
The shockwaves that are produced by our device are generated by a projectile that is propelled at high speed inside a hand-held applicator. When the applicator is placed on the surface of the skin – together with a ‘coupling medium’ such as ultrasound gel – the impulses are delivered as a shockwave that spreads inside the injured part of the body as an aspherical ‘radial’ wave.
Passing radial shockwaves through the surface of the skin with the device initiates an inflammation-like response in the injured tissue that is being treated. This prompts the body to respond naturally by increasing blood circulation, the number of blood vessels and therefore metabolism in the injured tissue. This accelerates the body’s natural healing process by increasing cell generation and dissolving calcium deposits.
What can ESWT treat?
Clinical trials, conducted by some of the world’s leading medical professionals, have shown the Swiss DolorClast to be successful in treating a variety of painful tendonopathies and orthopaedic indications in the foot, ankle, knee and upper limbs.
The device is supported by more level 1 clinical data than any other ESWT device in the world.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is typically used to treat achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, calcific tendonitis of the shoulder, golfers elbow, trochanteric bursitis, patella tendonitis and shin splints. ESWT technology can also be used to successfully treat other chronic enthesopiathies, acupuncture points and painful trigger points.
Benefits of ESWT
As a revolutionary treatment technology, ESWT affords the patient a number of distinct benefits when using the device. These are:
- No need for anaesthetic
- Non-invasive procedure
- No need for surgery or medication
- Treatment sessions last for an average of only 15 minutes
- No hospital admission
- Transient analgesic effect after treatment
- No lengthy rehabilitation, loss of mobility or time away from work
- Fewer complications
- Strong clinical results
View the ESWT Patient Information Booklet here.