What do the medical studies say about ESWT or shockwave therapy?
The "Recovery Expectations" page is a reflection of many years of experience with ESWT. However, the following links provide hard data about shock wave therapy from medical studies done within the past few years.
Plantar fasciitis studies:
Plantar Fasciitis Study #1 (Click to see full study in Podiatry Today)
We reviewed outcomes after a mean follow-
..............The study included 75 patients and 87.5 percent of the patients were either satisfied or very satisfied with their ESWT experience at an average of nine years after treatment with a mean pain score of 1.2 on the VAS scale of 0 to 10.
Plantar fasciitis Study #2 (Click to see full study)
Plantar fasciitis Study #3 (Click to see full study)
"The results of this study confirm that ESWT administered with the Dornier Epos Ultra is a safe and effective treatment for recalcitrant plantar fasciitis."
Plantar fasciitis Study #4 (Click to see full study)
It was concluded that ESWT was both efficacious and safe for participants with chronic proximal plantar fasciitis that had been unresponsive to exhaustive conservative treatment.
Plantar fasciitis Studies (Click to see full studies on pages 17 & 18)
Study #15 entitled: "Effectiveness of Shockwave Therapy in Patients with Chronic Plantar Fasciitis" found on page 17
Study #16 entitled: "Plantar Fasciitis: Four Years After ESWT" found on page 18
Study #17 entitled: "ESWT in the Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis: follow-
Achilles Tendonitis studies:
Achilles Tendonitis Study #1 (Click to see full study)
CONCLUSION: Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is an effective treatment for chronic insertional Achilles tendinopathy.
Lateral Epicondylitis or Tennis Elbow studies:
Lateral Epicondylitis Study #1 (Click to see full study)
ESWT appeared to be a useful noninvasive treatment method that reduced the necessity for surgical procedures.
Lateral Epicondylitis Study #2 (Click to see full study)
There were no significant complications. ESWT is an effective treatment for chronic lateral epicondylitis.
The International Society for Medical Shockwave Treatment (ISMST)
The International Society for Medical Shockwave Treatment -
2011 ISMST Convention abstracts
2010 ISMST Convention abstracts
2009 ISMST Convention abstracts
2008 ISMST Convention abstracts
2007 ISMST Convention abstracts