Title: The Use of Shock Waves in Peripheral Nerve Regeneration: New Perspectives?
Authors: Thomas Hausner, Antal Nógrádi
Extracorporeal shock wave treatment (ESWT) is a new therapy widely used for conditions like epicondylitis and plantar fasciitis, as well as to foster wound and bone healing. ESWT uses sonic pulses with high energy impact that induce biochemical changes within the targeted tissues through mechanotransduction. ESWT has been shown to have beneficial effects on peripheral nerves, promoting axonal regeneration after injury.
This review discusses the effects of ESWT on intact and injured peripheral nerves, suggesting multiple mechanisms of action. ESWT can improve vascularization, locally release growth factors, and has local anti-inflammatory effects, influencing the targeted cells.
Shockwave therapy could offer new perspectives in the treatment of peripheral nerve injuries, as it has been shown to promote axonal regeneration after injury.
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