New devices and old pitfalls in shock wave therapy

Michael R. Bailey, Thomas J. Matula, Oleg A. Sapozhnikov, Robin O. Cleveland, Yuri A. Pishchalnikov, James A. McAteer

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Abstract

Shock waves are now used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal indications and the worldwide demand for shock wave therapy (SWT) is growing rapidly. It is a concern that very little is known about the mechanisms of action of shock waves in SWT. The technology for SWT devices is little changed from that of shock wave lithotripters developed for the treatment of urinary stones. SWT devices are engineered on the same acoustics principles as lithotripters, but the targets of therapy for SWT and shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) are altogether different. For SWT to achieve its potential as a beneficial treatment modality it will be necessary to determine precisely how SWT shock waves interact with biological targets. In addition, for SWT to evolve, the future design of these devices should be approached with caution, and lithotripsy may serve as a useful model. Indeed, there is a great deal to be learned from the basic research that has guided the development of SWL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTHERAPEUTIC ULTRASOUND
Subtitle of host publication5th International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound
Pages380-384
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 8 2006
EventTHERAPEUTIC ULTRASOUND: 5th International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Oct 27 2005Oct 29 2005

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume829
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Other

OtherTHERAPEUTIC ULTRASOUND: 5th International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period10/27/0510/29/05

Keywords

  • Cavitation
  • Kidney stones
  • Lithotripsy
  • Shock waves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Bailey, M. R., Matula, T. J., Sapozhnikov, O. A., Cleveland, R. O., Pishchalnikov, Y. A., & McAteer, J. A. (2006). New devices and old pitfalls in shock wave therapy. In THERAPEUTIC ULTRASOUND: 5th International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound (pp. 380-384). (AIP Conference Proceedings; Vol. 829). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2205501