shockwave therapy - indication
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The shockwave therapy is a modern, high-energy treatment method. A particular application is found in the treatment of calcification. However, be aware of the fact that this method is not a cure for every disorder, and the indications are relatively narrow.

The shockwave therapy unit manufactured by Storz company is equipped with a book written by Ulrich Dreisiker titled Enthesiopathies. This publication contains indications that undergo shockwave therapy.

Shockwave therapy – indications

 

Shockwave therapy – indications Pressure Frequency No. of shocks No. Of treatments Break between treatments
CALCIFIC TENDINITIS 2 – 3 bar  11 – 15  Hz  300 – 500  3  8 days
LATERAL HUMERAL EPICONDYLITIS 2 – 3 bar  11 – 15 Hz  1800 – 2000  5 – 8  5 – 8 days
MEDIAL HUMERAL EPICONDYLITIS 2 – 3 bar  12 – 15 Hz  1800 – 2000  5 – 8  5 – 8 days
HEEL SPUR 2 – 3 bar  12 – 21 Hz  3000 – 3500  3 – 5  7 days
ACHILLODYNIA, DORSAL HEEL SPUR 2 – 3 bar  15 – 18 Hz  1000 – 1500  3 – 5  7 days
MEDIAL TIBIAL STRESS SYNDROME  1,8 – 2,8 bar  15 Hz  2000 – 3000  3 – 5  8 – 10 days
JUMPER’S KNEE  1,8 – 2,2 bar  10 – 12 Hz  1500 – 2000  10 – 14 days
MUSCLE HARDENINGS  1,8 – 2 bar  15 – 20 Hz  2000 – 5000
TENDON IRRITATIONS  1,8 – 2,4 bar  12 – 15 Hz  2000
RUNNER’S KNEE  2 bar  12 – 15 Hz  2000 – 4000
IRRITATION OF TENDON INSERTIONS  2 – 2,5 bar  12 – 16 Hz  2000 – 4000

Source: Ulrich Dreisiker “Enthesiopathies”

The above mentioned indications allow to conclude that the therapeutic effect of the shockwave therapy is significant after several treatments.

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