Title: Sports medicine practitioners embrace benefits of extracorporeal shock wave therapy
Source: Mayo Clinic
Sports Medicine Embraces the Benefits of Shockwave Therapy
A growing number of sports medicine practitioners are using extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) to treat various musculoskeletal conditions. ESWT uses high-energy sound waves to promote tissue healing and reduce inflammation, stimulating the body’s natural healing response. The therapy has been used to treat conditions such as plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, and rotator cuff tendinitis, among others. ESWT is non-invasive, with minimal side effects and short recovery times, making it an attractive treatment option for athletes.
Several studies have shown the efficacy of ESWT in treating musculoskeletal conditions. For example, a study of patients with plantar fasciitis found that ESWT resulted in significant pain reduction and improved function. Another study found that ESWT was effective in treating rotator cuff tendinitis, improving shoulder function and reducing pain. The therapy has also been used to treat stress fractures, Achilles tendinopathy, and patellar tendinopathy, among others.
Overall, ESWT is a promising treatment option for athletes and others with musculoskeletal conditions. The therapy is non-invasive, safe, and effective, with minimal side effects and quick recovery times. As more practitioners embrace the benefits of ESWT, it is likely to become an increasingly popular treatment option for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.
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