Muscle and tendon injuries can be a real pain, both literally and figuratively. Whether you're an athlete pushing your boundaries or someone dealing with everyday wear and tear, these injuries can disrupt your life. Fortunately, modern medical technology has introduced a groundbreaking treatment: shockwave therapy. In this blog post, we'll delve into the use and efficacy of shockwave therapy for muscle and tendon injuries, supported by scientific references.

The Basics of Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), is a non-invasive and innovative treatment that uses acoustic waves to stimulate the body's natural healing processes. These shockwaves target injured areas, promoting blood circulation, cellular repair, and the growth of new blood vessels. But does it really work?

The Evidence

  1. Tendinopathy Treatment: One of the areas where shockwave therapy has shown remarkable efficacy is in the treatment of tendinopathy. Studies like the one published in the "American Journal of Sports Medicine" in 2017 [1] have found that shockwave therapy significantly improves pain and function in patients with chronic tendinopathy. The shockwaves break down scar tissue and stimulate the healing process, offering long-lasting relief.

  2. Muscle Pain Reduction: Muscle injuries and pain can also benefit from shockwave therapy. A study published in the "Journal of Orthopaedic Research and Physiotherapy" in 2018 [2] revealed that shockwave therapy can reduce muscle pain by enhancing blood circulation and encouraging the release of growth factors that promote tissue repair.

  3. Faster Recovery: Whether it's an athlete striving for a speedy recovery or an individual looking to regain their active lifestyle, shockwave therapy can help. A review in the "Journal of Physiotherapy & Physical Rehabilitation" in 2019 [3] emphasized the accelerated recovery and improved quality of life for patients receiving shockwave treatment for muscle and tendon injuries.

  4. Minimal Side Effects: Shockwave therapy is favored for its minimal side effects. A systematic review and meta-analysis in the "Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research" in 2020 [4] reported that the treatment is well-tolerated, with most patients experiencing only mild and temporary discomfort.


In the quest to find effective treatments for muscle and tendon injuries, shockwave therapy stands out as a promising solution. Backed by scientific research, it has shown significant potential in reducing pain, promoting healing, and restoring a high quality of life for patients. Whether you're an athlete striving for peak performance or someone seeking relief from chronic pain, shockwave therapy may be your key to a healthier, more active life.

Remember, while shockwave therapy has demonstrated efficacy, it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate treatment for your specific condition. Please contact our clinic if you would like to discuss further and find out if Shockwave is right for you! 


Dr. Cara Curtis

Dr. Cara Curtis

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