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extracorporeal shock waves

Extracorporeal shock waves are high energy sound waves which can travel through the soft tissue in a body and are used for therapeutic purposes. They are generated by one of several methods (hydraulic, piezoelectric or electromagnetic) and are transfered to the body through a fluid filled cushion. The highest energy waves can be used to destroy kidney and bladder stones within the body, while waves of a lower energy are used to treat chronic pain, often at the insertion or origin of a tendon. They are used in human and veterinary medicine.

➔ shock wave therapy
Stosswelle f
choc (ondes de ≈) m
onda d'urto f
onda de choque f
ona de xoc f
schokgolf
shock waves (terapeutisk)
stötvåg
rázová vlna (terapeutická) f
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