extracorporeal shock wave therapy

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The application of pulses of high-pressure sound two or three times per second through the skin. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) was first used to treat kidney stones, but researchers found that it also promotes healing of soft tissue and bone injuries, possibly by stimulating the growth of new blood vessels. ESWT has been used to treat chronic tendinopathies, such as tennis elbow and plantar fasciitis.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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