Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT for short) is a non-invasive option for the treatment of various pains and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. ESWT has been used successfully in orthopaedic pain therapy since the beginning of the 1990s. Many years of experience prove that certain pathological changes in tendons, ligaments, capsules, muscles and bones can be specifically eliminated with the help of this healing method. Frequently treated conditions include frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and heel pain (plantar fasciitis).
The shock waves used are short sound pulses that can penetrate water and soft tissue. The shock waves are generated outside the body (»extracorporeally«) in the handpiece of the device and transmitted into the patient's body by means of ultrasound gel, where they have a targeted effect on the painful areas.
ESWT is performed by qualified therapists. For patients, it is largely free of risks and side effects. The treatment takes place on an outpatient basis and can therefore be easily integrated into everyday life – immediately afterwards, patients can continue with their normal daily routine.
On this website, you will find all the relevant information about the treatment of pain with shock waves. In addition, you will also find an overview map of treatment centres.
Shock waves are high-energy, audible sound waves. They are characterised by a rapid increase in pressure and a short pulse length. They occur in our everyday lives, for example, when aircraft break the sound barrier.
The therapist first conducts a detailed medical history interview with the patient to learn about the history of the symptoms and to gain important additional information by asking specific questions. In addition, the pain zone is localised by palpation.
Since 2020, Extracorporeal Magnetotransduction Therapy (EMTT®) has been another non-invasive treatment method that was developed specifically for the treatment of pain and inflammation of the musculoskeletal system. To find out more, visit our website for patients: