Use of the Shock Wave Therapy in Basic Research and Clinical Applications-From Bench to Bedsite

Biomedicines. 2022 Feb 28;10(3):568. doi: 10.3390/biomedicines10030568.


Shock Waves (SW) are acoustic disturbances that propagate through a medium carrying the energy. These specific sonic pulses are composed of two phases—high positive pressure, a rise time < 10 ns, and a tensile wave. Originally Shock Waves were introduced to clinical practice as a part of the lithotripsy therapy focused on disrupting calcific deposits in the body. Since that time, shock wave therapy (SWT) has gone far beyond the original application related to the destruction of kidney stones. In this narrative Review, we present basic clinical applications of the SWT along with the potential therapeutic application in clinical practice.

Keywords: clinical application; mechanism of action; medicine; shock wave therapy; shockwave; treatment technique.

Publication types

  • Review