Shockwave therapy, also referred to as radial pressure shockwave therapy is an emerging treatment for the management of pain caused by various musculoskeletal disorders and injuries.
Shockwaves were initially used in the treatment of kidney stones. In the process of experimentation with the treatment, researchers noticed that shockwaves could have a substantial effect on bone. A series of experimental investigations later revealed that shockwaves have a healing effect on cartilage, bone and associated soft tissues.
Today, the procedure is employed to deal with different types of soft tissue problems and other long-term problems in fascia, tendons, muscles and ligaments.