Shockwave Therapy: Still Little Known Issues


  • Gabriella Fizzotti Spinal Unit, ICS Maugeri SPA SB, Institute of Pavia, IRCCS, Pavia, Italy
  • Maurizio Piccinini Rehabilitation Unit, Cittadella Sociale Medical Centre. Pieve del Cairo, Pavia, Italy
  • Valeria Ramella Bioengineering department. University of Pavia, Italy
  • Lorenzo Fassina Mathematics Faculty. University of Pavia, Italy



Shockwave therapy, musculoskeletal pathologies, therapeutic indications


Background: In the last few years the development of Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) was very fast. Shock waves can help reduce inflammation in muscoloskeletal areas of the body. At the first time medical ESWT was used in urologic discipline for lithotripsy therapy later the opportunity of transmit mechanical energy by shock waves led to different technical and medical applications. Aim: to evaluate the different indications for ESWT in more or less frequent orthopedic pathologies. Material and Method: We enrolled 423 patients: 174 males and 249 females. All people presented orthopedic disease with specific therapeutic indication  to ESWT in skeletal segments. Conclusion: The therapeutic efficacy of ESWT is still unclear for less frequent  orthopedic pathologies. Further studies needed to improve the quality of the health care  preventing chronic painful disease.




How to Cite

Fizzotti, G., Piccinini, M., Ramella, V., & Fassina, L. (2023). Shockwave Therapy: Still Little Known Issues. British Journal of Healthcare and Medical Research, 10(2), 426–431.