Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy or ESWT is an 18-minute, non-surgical procedure used to cure chronic plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow, shoulder tendonitis and other chronic tendonopathies.
Lithotripsy, a similar procedure is used regularly for breaking up and dispersing kidney stones. When urologists found patients who had the kidney stone procedure presented with increased bone density and new tissue growth the possibilities of shock wave therapy were revisited. ESWT is used internationally for conditions all over the body. In the United States an FDA study was performed for patients who suffer chronic plantar fasciitis with or without the presence of a heel spur. The results were an amazing average reduction in pain of 92% with only one treatment. (This data reflects the results of the patients who participated in a one year follow up study with the Dornier EPOS Ultra machine.)