Application of the Extracorporeal Shockwaves Therapy (ESWT) in the Chronic Achilles Tendinopathy

Jordi Calvo Sanz1,2*, Manel Torelló Vilar1,3 & Pol Monné Cuevas1,2

1Physioterapist in Hospital and Center for Prevention and Rehabilitation Asepeyo St Cugat del Vallès. Barcelona, Spain
2Professor of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC Barcelona), St.Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain
3Associate Professor Physiotherapy Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona, Spain

Dr. Jordi Calvo Sanz, Department of Rehabilitation Hospital and Center for Prevention and Rehabilitation Asepeyo & Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC Barcelona) St Cugat del V

Keywords: Extracorporeal Shockwaves Therapy; Achilles Tendinopathy


Achilles tendinopathy especially in chronic phase is characterised by pain, swelling and loss of functionality of Achilles tendon. It is a pathology developed by overuse and demand on the tendon being frequent in sports as running or jumping [1]. There is insufficient evidence about which is the most appropriate conservative treatment. Although, there is consensus in current evidence in use of conservative treatment before surgical treatment, current evidence endorses the use of eccentric work with extracorporeal shockwaves therapy ESWT [2].
Material and Methods
Bibliographic review in Databases (BBDD) in the period 2005?2019. We looked for that terms: shockwave and tendinopathy and achilles. The databases consulted have been: Scopus, Web of Science, Cochrane Plus, Pubmed.

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