Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) for wound healing: Technology, mechanisms, and clinical efficacy

Rainer Mittermayr, MD; Vlado Antonic, MS; Joachim Hartinger ; Hanna Kaufmann, MD ; Heinz Redl, PhD ; Luc Téot, MD, PhD; Alexander Stojadinovic, MD ; Wolfgang Schaden, MD – For almost 30 years, extracorporeal shock wave therapy has been clinically implemented as an effective treatment to disintegrate urinary stones. This technology has also emerged as an effective noninvasive treatment modality for several orthopedic and traumatic indications including problematic soft tissue wounds. Delayed/ nonhealing or chronic wounds constitute a burden for each patient affected, significantly impairing quality of life.

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