| 1. Locating pain by palpation
|| 2. Marking the treatment area
| 3. Applying the contact gel
|| 4. Delivering the shockwaves
Isn’t shock wave therapy used for kidney stones?
Shock waves were introduced for the first time in medicine in the early nineties for the treatment of kidney stones (lithotripsy). However, in the years following their immediate scope of use, they rapidly expanded to treat diseases of the musculoskeletal system and not only (shock waves extracorporeal).
Is the effect of shock wave therapy immediate?
The therapeutic action of the shock waves is linked to a series of complex biological reactions, which require time to manifest themselves and for which it is necessary to wait even several weeks in order to fully appreciate the beneficial effect.
Is the aim of treatment with extracorporeal shockwaves in the musculoskeletal field simply to dissolve calcifications?
The goal of therapy is not to direct a traumatic problem, to avoid injury to the tissues, and to avoid crushing the calcifications by direct rupture. The therapy is applied through a very delicate mechanical action (a sort of micro-massage on cells and tissues), that is able to stimulate certain biological reactions. These reactions include the anti-inflammatory effect, anti-edema and pain in addition to locally improving microcirculation. It is possible in some cases for calcification to be reabsorbed, however, this takes place through the secondary biochemical mecha-