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Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic is proud to offer our patients Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), an innovative non-invasive method for the treatment of localized musculoskeletal pain. This medical device is used to treat and relieve pain associated with tendinitis and heelspurs, relieving pain in up to 90% of patients.

Since the early 1990s, German investigators have studied the use of shock waves for the treatment of painful musculoskeletal disorders. Chronic pain associated with tendonitis of the shoulder, elbow, knee, and foot was first treated. Initially, these treatments were administered by modified kidney stone lithotripters. However, this was often cumbersome since the kidney stone devices were not designed to treat multiple areas of the body in many different positions. In addition, the kidney stone lithotripters usually delivered relatively high energy shock waves.

It soon became apparent that treatment with lower energy shock waves (much lower than those used to treat kidney stones) was effective in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain. These findings led to the development of the SONOCUR, a low energy shock wave machine made specifically by SIEMENS Medical Systems for the treatment of tendinopathies and other specific types of localized painful musculoskeletal conditions.

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