The development and popularity of shock wave therapy.

A flurry of research into the use of Shockwave in medicine in the 1950s led to the patenting of the Shockwave electro-hydraulic generator, and by the end of the 1950s, the physical properties of electromagnetic shock waves were described.

In the 50s, the first systematic studies were conducted on the use of shock waves in medicine.

The first direct contact of kidney stone decay was described in 1971 by Heusler Kiefer. Further experiments showed similar decays.

In 1974, the German Department of Research and Science funded the first Shockwave therapy application.

In 1980, the first prototype of the UVT machine was made, the HM1 lithotripter loom, then the first patient with kidney stones was treated.

Since 1985, other organs such as the gall bladder, bile duct, pancreas, and salivary glands have been treated with Shockwave.

Because the original Shockwave machines were developed for use in urology, but found a place in orthopedic medicine, there was an urgent need to develop specific orthopedic Shockwave devices.

In 1993, Ossatron (HMT AG) developed a machine with a freely movable head.

Due to the increasing importance of shock wave therapy for soft tissue diseases, a special shock wave device, a reflectron, was developed. A new concept of its electrode (reflector) is an increase in durability up to 50,000 shock waves.

Today, treating kidney and ureteral stones with artificial shock waves is the first choice. Modern UVT works without a bath and without anesthesia. For the localization of stones, UVT are equipped with x-ray and / or ultrasonic localization systems. Over the past 16 years, more than 3,000,000 patients have been treated with this method ..

Currently, shock wave therapy is successfully used in traumatology, urology, neurology, aesthetic medicine, a lot of research is being conducted to determine the possibility of using shock wave therapy in other areas.

Shockwave continues to increase its popularity, but remains a relatively new technology for many areas of medicine. In different countries of the world, treatment is described by various names, depending on the type of devices used to extract the shock wave, on the type of wave itself, but the most popular of which is shock wave therapy, or Shockwave therapy.