What Are Shockwave Devices And How Severely Must The Tissue Be Damaged For Shockwave Therapy

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Sidhant Bhatia
Sub Problem 1: What are shockwave devices and how severely must the tissue be damaged for shockwave therapy to work?
Shockwave is a short duration acoustic wave that carries energy and can be used as a stimulus to heal damaged tissue. They were first discovered years ago, when shockwaves first started to affect swimmers on a South Pacific beach. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a noninvasive treatment that delivers high or low intensity shockwaves to specific area in the body. ESWT treats injuries to tissues, bones, and tendons. There are many different types of ESWT, such as focal shockwave therapy and unfocused (radial) shockwave therapy. Tissue Regeneration Technologies’s devices are considered unique …show more content…

To get a better understanding of shockwave therapy, it is important to have a basic understanding of the four main types of tissues: epithelial, connective, muscle, and nervous tissues. According to the interview with Robert Warlick, shockwave therapy can treat all types of tissues. Epithelial tissues are found throughout the whole body. They cover internal organs, form the inner lining of body cavities, and lines hollow organs. Functions of epithelial tissues include protection, secretion, absorption, and excretion. One of the distinguishing characteristics of epithelial tissues is that they lack blood vessels. epithelial cells also readily divide, which results in injuries healing as fast as damaged cells. Sub-types of epithelial tissues are classified by their shape and number of layers of cells. Some examples of epithelial tissues include: squamous (flattened cells), cuboidal (cube-shaped cells), and columnar (tall, elongated cells). Connective tissues are also known to be found throughout the entire body. Their function is to bind structures, provide support and protection, fill spaces, store fat, and produce blood cells. A distinguishing characteristic of connective cells is that they are farther apart than epithelial cells with extracellular matrix in between. Connective tissues have many different cell types. Fixed cells, such as fibroblasts and

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