Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is also referred to as Pulse wave therapy.
Pulse wave therapy is a noninvasive treatment that uses the force of a sound wave with the goal of reducing pain and promoting healing of the affected area. The mechanism by which pulse wave therapy achieves a therapeutic intervention is that it may disrupt fibrous tissue allowing for the subsequent promotion of revascularization and healing of tissue. Controlled shock wave therapy may damage cell membranes so that nerve messengers (nociceptors pain receptors) cannot build up a potential to transmit pain signals. It is also thought that the shock waves (pulse waves) will break up fascial adhesions, scar or calcium deposits, loosen tight tissue structures, promote resorption of calcium, thereby decreasing pain and improving function. (Hayes 2016a)
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