Shock waves are sound waves that convey high energy, transmitted through the surface of the skin and diffused in the body radially, over the painful area. This is a (ballistic) radial shock wave, since the shock wave is generated using a special hand unit shaped like a pistol, the barrel of which is closed at the end by a metal cap, against which a steel projectile is launched using compressed air (up to a pressure of 5 bar). This generates a shock wave that spreads out radially in the skin and first tissue layer below the skin, or in a focused manner (depending on the transmitter used).
The body responds by increasing metabolic activity in the application area, facilitating the reduction of inflammation caused by a painkilling action brought about by local releasing of endorphine, thereby stimulating and speeding up the healing process. The extent of penetration depth varies from 4 to 7 cm.
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Analgesic effect - elimination of pain:
Acceleration of healing:
The shock wave method is the preferred treatment for chronic insertion tendonopathy, characterized by poor vascularization of the bone-tendon joint, where physiotherapy treatment (infiltration and laser therapy) has proved ineffective.
The principal pathologies for which shock waves are used include: