p-ISSN: 1300-0551
e-ISSN: 2587-1498

Ali Haydar APAYDIN

Gülhane Askeri Tıp Fakültesi, Spor Hekimliği Anabilim Dalı, Etlik, Ankara

Keywords: ESWT, sports medicine, musculoskeletal disorders, overuse injuries


Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) has been used in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders since the 1990s. The method has primarily found application in the treatment of sports-related over-use injuries such as plantar fasciitis, lateral epicondylitis, calcific or non-calcific tendonitis of the shoulder, Achilles tendinopathy, and patellar tendinopathy. ESWT is a new, effective, convenient and safe non-invasive therapeutic modality. It seems to be an effective and alternative treatment option for treating of musculoskeletal disorders, before surgery. In this review; it was attempted to explain the role of the ESWT in sports medicine in accordance with pertaining literature.