Shock wave therapy applications in Sports Medicine

Authors: Andreea-Marilena Ionescu



Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, “Prof. Dr. Agrippa Ionescu” Clinical Emergency Hospital Bucharest



Shock wave therapy has been successfully applied since the early 1990’s. Shock wave represents a sudden change of acoustic wave pressure, which carries high speed energy through different tissues, of which speed is higher than sound speed. Biological processes that have been described at cellular level following shock wave applications have been mentioned by authors in a large number of scientific studies. Therapeutic indications have been integrated by the International Society of Medical ShockWave Treatment. Shock wave therapy has multiple applications even in athletes’ specific pathology, with lim­ited side effects and contraindications.


Key words: shock wave, athletes, cellular level, sports medicine.


Shock wave therapy applications in Sports Medicine