One of the most important benefits of ESWT is because conditions can be treated extracorporeally, meaning outside of the body. Since ESWT is non-invasive, there is no lengthy recovery period, virtually no time off from work or play and a no risk of causing further damage. The same cannot be said with surgery. During the treatment, you lie back comfortably with the area to be treated made easily accessible to the technician. The technician will make sure that you are always comfortable and all aspects of the treatment are explained to you throughout the procedure. An ultrasound scan is occasionally used to view and target the damaged area. During the treatment, you will hear repetitive clicking sounds, this is how ESWT works, do not be concerned. Technicians have performed thousands of ESWT treatments and are proficient at leveraging the analgesic effects of certain levels of shockwaves to make the treatment comfortable. If you are nervous or anxious, talk to your doctor or treatment coordinator. The goal is to always make sure you are at ease and relaxed during any procedure.