What is Extracorporeal shock wave therapy?

Category: Procedures


Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is used to treat tendons with structural damage or that are causing pain, such as tennis elbow or plantar fasciitis. The procedure works by sending shock waves at the affected area which promotes new blood flow to the region.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Achilles tendonosis 1 0
Plantar fasciitis 1 0
Rotator cuff syndrome 1 2
Tendinitis 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 2

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Extracorporeal shock wave therapy

Side effect Patients
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 0
Not specified 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Extracorporeal shock wave therapy.