Shockwave Therapy: What You Need To Know

Shockwave therapy is known by multiple different names. It can be known as Extracorporal-Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) and also Radial Shockwave Therapy (RSWT). So what exactly is shockwave therapy?


Shockwave therapy is a type of therapy by which auditory shockwaves are used to treat certain medical conditions. The use of shockwave therapy dates back originally to 1969 when the German Ministry of Defence funded research into the effect of shockwaves on body tissue. It wasn’t until 1980 that the first human trials of shockwave therapy originally ran.

In these trials, it was found that the application of shockwaves to kidney stones could help treat them. As well as this, it was found that shockwave therapy had the effect of increasing bone density in the surrounding bones when it was initially used on the human body. This led to it also being examined and explored for potential orthopedic applications.


In terms of a shockwave therapy procedure, it is considered to be minimally intrusive and is designed to cause the least amount of collateral damage to the body. The treatment and use of shockwave therapy is mostly to deal with kidney stones, stones in the gall bladder or stones in the liver of a patient. It can also be used to treat salivary stones, greater trochanteric pain syndrome, tennis elbow, Achilles tendinitis, plantar fascitis, shoulder rotator cuff pain, bone necrosis and can be used to promote bone healing.

The application of shockwaves therapy is via a focussed, externally applied high intensity pulse of acoustics (sound waves). When undergoing treatment, patients are usually sedated in order to correctly apply the treatment to the afflicted area on the body.

So where can you get shockwave therapy treatment? We at Cranbourne have various different facilities that can treat you with shockwave therapy. Our therapy in Cranbourne can offer you the treatment you may need from highly trained professional staff. Here in Cranbourne, we pride ourselves on treating our patients to the best of our ability to offer a high standard of treatment.

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