Shock Wave Therapy

Around 200 patients a year are currently treated using the non-surgical method of extracorporeal shock wave treatment (ESWT) in the Clinic for Trauma Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery. This procedure is used to treat conditions such as calcareous tendinitis of the shoulder, heel spur and tennis elbow or golfer's arm, as well as delayed bone fracture healing or pain in the Achilles tendon.

Treatment using high-intensity focused ultrasound is used, for example, to break down shoulder calcification into very fine particles which are subsequently absorbed by the body, transported away by the bloodstream and excreted.

The shock waves start the repair process at painful tendon insertions (e.g. tennis elbow).

A shock wave is heard as a loud sound and is perceived as an impact like a small hammer blow. The frequency of the shocks is approximately 60 to 300 per minute and the intensity is adjusted to suit individual requirements.

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Academic teaching hospital of the RWTH technical university, Aachen

Clinic for Trauma Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery

Dechant-Deckers-Str. 8
52249 Eschweiler

+49 2403 - 76-1807

St.-Antonius-Hospital gGmbH
Dechant-Deckers-Str. 8
52249 Eschweiler
tel.: 02403 76 - 0
fax: 02403 76 -1119

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