Sciatica and Back Pain ESWT combining focused and radial shockwaves yield excellent results in treating sciatic nerve pain. It also has a positive effect on the facet joints of the spine, and is effective in relieving myofascial trigger points that are often a contributing cause of back pain.
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive therapeutic approach that falls into the category of regenerative medicine, used for treating injuries and pain syndromes. ESWT is a relatively new technology in the field of musculoskeletal medicine, having evolved over the past few decades to its current advanced state of efficacy. A growing body of research supports the use of ESWT and other regenerative technologies for stimulating cellular progenesis, to promote and accelerate the healing of muscles, bones, nerves and connective tissues. History of Shockwave Therapy Scientists began exploring the potential use of shockwaves on human tissue in the 1960s and 70s, and by the mid 1980s, shock waves began to be used as a lithotripsy treatment to break up kidney stones and gallstones. This marked the advent of non-invasive technologies for in-vivo treatment of human tissues. In its early stages, concerns that shockwaves to break up kidney stones could potentially harm the hip bones of patients receiving the treatment led to research on the impact of shock waves on bony tissue. Researchers soon discovered that shockwaves have an osteogenic effect on bone that can stimulate and accelerate the healing of fractures. By the 1990s, research was being done to explore the effectiveness of shockwave therapy in the treatment of tendinopathies and bone disorders, including stress fractures, bone edema and avuncular necrosis. Studies expanded to encompass myofascial pain, cosmetic procedures, wound care, erectile dysfunction, management of spasticity, and a host of other orthopedic conditions. Today, shockwave therapy has become the gold standard for regenerative medicine. It is often used to treat coronary disease and is used intraoperatively during open heart surgery. Its potential for treating neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease and cerebral palsy is showing great promise.
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