EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCKWAVE THERAPY (ESWT)
Shockwave therapy is a multidisciplinary medical acoustic device. A non-surgical therapy with no need for painkillers makes it an ideal way to speed up recovery and address the underlying issues related to acute or chronic pain.
How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?
Shockwaves are acoustic waves that carry energy and can be focused to produce micro-trauma which results in the release of angiogenic factors (essential for healing, growth, and development). Angiogenic factors help the natural formation of new blood vessels) in targeted tissues which in turn improves the blood supply and healing.
Medical Effects of ESWT
Acoustic waves with high energy peak used in Shockwave therapy interact with tissue causing overall medical effects of accelerated tissue repair and cell growth, analgesia and mobility restoration. For erectile dysfunction, this treatment helps clear vascular plaque, create new blood vessels and recruit growth factors.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy In Action
Shockwaves carry high energy to painful spots and myoskeletal tissues with subacute, subchronic and chronic conditions. Shockwaves are characterized by jump change in pressure, high amplitude, and non-periodicity. Kinetic energy is created by compressed air and transferred to the transmitter at the end of the applicator and further into the tissue.
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Conditions Treated by Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave is an acoustic wave which carries high energy to painful spots and myoskeletal tissues with subacute, subchronic and chronic conditions. The energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons and other soft tissues.
Effectively treats: Jumper’s Knee, Medial Tibial Stress, Painful Shoulder, Tennis Elbow
Shockwaves break up calcifications that can happen in joints which can improve mobility
The therapy relieves the pain of plantar fasciitis by promoting healing in the feet naturally.
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My plantar fasciitis was debilitating. This treatment was definitely uncomfortable, but I would do shockwave a million times over to avoid what I was feeling before.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Will I Feel Any Pain After The Treatment?
Most patients will experience pain relief and increased range of motion (joint treatments) following the treatment. Within 2–4 hours after the treatment, they may experience some soreness in the treated area. This soreness has been reported as tolerable and resolving within 24-72 hours.
Does The Treatment Hurt?
There may be a slight feeling of discomfort during the treatment, depending on the level of pain the patient is already experiencing in the area. However, since the treatment lasts only about five minutes, most patients are able to tolerate this discomfort. Additionally, the intensity of the treatment can be adjusted throughout the session.
Will Shockwave Therapy Help Me?
Most patients with chronic pain problems have been through various unsuccessful types of treatments. Up to 80% of the same patients worldwide report that Shockwave therapy has helped them eliminate their problem.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
It depends on the treatment area and tissue being treated. Typically 3-6 treatments are required and spaced from 3 days to 1 week apart.