The Knee Surgeon

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive regenerative medicine approach that involves using shock waves to stimulate tissue repair and regeneration in damaged tissues, including the knee joint.

During the procedure, a handheld device is used to deliver high-energy shock waves to the affected area, such as the knee joint. The shock waves trigger a localized inflammatory response in the tissues, which can stimulate tissue repair and regeneration. Over time, this can lead to improved tissue function and reduced pain and inflammation.

ESWT is often used to treat knee conditions such as patellar tendinopathy, plantar fasciitis, and calcific tendinitis. The procedure is minimally invasive and typically requires little downtime, with most patients able to return to normal activities within a few days.

While ESWT has shown promise as a treatment for knee conditions, the effectiveness of the treatment can vary depending on the individual patient’s condition, the severity of their symptoms, and other factors. Some studies have suggested that ESWT may be effective in reducing pain and improving function in patients with knee osteoarthritis, while other research has shown mixed results.

ESWT is generally considered safe and well-tolerated, with minimal risk of adverse reactions or complications. However, as with any medical procedure, it is important for patients to discuss the risks and benefits of ESWT with their healthcare provider before undergoing the treatment.