shock waves Shock waves are audible high-energy sound waves. They occur in the atmosphere, for example during lightning strikes, or when aeroplanes break through the sound barrier. In medicine, shock waves have been employed since around 1980 to disintegrate kidney stones. In musculoskeletal shockwave therapy, shock wave energy is conducted to the painful region, where it stimulates healing. Shock wave therapy is a modern and highly effective treatment method: high- energy sound waves are introduced into the painful areas of the body. With this innovative treatment, pathological alterations of tendons, ligaments, capsules, muscles and bones can be treated. In medicine shock waves are generated by emitters using the following principles: Electrohydraulic, Electromagnetic, Piezoelectric or Pneumatic-mechanical. Shock waves – facts and features Shockwave delivery Treatment of plantar fasciitis A shock wave Shockwave is an evidenced informed therapy that offers a new dimension in patient care. © United Physiotherapy Clinic 2011 / disclaimer