Extracorporeal shock wave therapy in musculoskeletal disorders: A review

Pietro Romeo, Vito Lavanga, Davide Pagani, Valerio Sansone

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Regenerative therapy is one of the most challenging and intriguing branches of modern medicine. Basic research has demonstrated the effectiveness of extracorporeal shockwaves (ESWT) in stimulating biological activities that involve intra-cell and cell-matrix interactions. These interactions are at the basis of the current clinical applications, and open the horizons to new applications in tissue regeneration. It is also feasible that shock waves could be used to treat various orthopaedic pathologies, removing the need for surgery. However, suitable translational studies need to be performed before ESWT can become a valid alternative to surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-13
Number of pages7
JournalMedical Principles and Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy
  • Regenerative therapy
  • Tissue regeneration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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