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Shockwave Therapy: a new technique

Inês Júlio (Physiotherapist) . 11/11/2015

Shockwave therapy is a treatment option for patients with musculoskeletal disorders, such as joints, capsules, muscle and bone problems.

Shock waves are a type of mechanical energy that penetrate injured tissues and induce a phenomenon known as cavitation. This procedure releases local anti-inflammatory substances and stimulates an increase in local microcirculation, leading to a progressive natural cure of the anti-inflammatory and degenerative process. Shockwaves only affect injured tissue and have no interference at all in healthy tissues.


Shockwave therapy is a middle ground between an unsuccessful conventional treatment and surgical treatment.


The image below shows shockwave treatment for epicondylitis – an inflammation of elbow tendons – on a golf player.


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Shockwave therapy is appropriate for situations where conventional physiotherapy is hardly effective:


  • Elbow pain (epicondylitis)

  • Knee pain due to overloading (jumper’s knee)

  • Calcific tendonitis (Shoulder pain)

  • Achilles Tendinitis (Pain and inflammation on the tendon)


This therapy is available and performed by our physiotherapists team, at Miraflores Clinic.

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