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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)

 

Shockwaves are a transient acoustic waves which have the unique ability to transmit high energy peaks. The high energy generated can be used to both disintegrate and heal.

 

Shockwave therapy is supported by clinical studies presenting its healing and reparative effects on tissue and are typically used for chronic soft tissue and bone conditions.

 

Shockwave therapy studies report 80% success of reliving patients of their problems and decreasing or eliminating painful manifestations of tissue.

 

Indications for shockwave therapy use:

 

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Achilles tendinopathy

  • Patella tendonitis

  • Chronic tendinopathy

  • Morton's neuroma

  • Osteoarthritis

 

Medical effects:

 

  • Dispersion of pain mediator “substance p”.

  • Stimulation of collagen production.

  • New blood vessel formation.

  • Reversal of chronic inflammation.

  • Dissolution of calcified fibroblasts.

  • Release of trigger points.

 

FAQs:

 

Does the treatment hurt?

There may be a slight feeling of discomfort during the treatment. However, because the treatment only lasts for about 5 minutes, most patients are able to tolerate this discomfort.

 

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments varies depending on the indication and tissue response. The effect of the treatment is cumulative to you will typically need 4 treatments.

 

How often will I need to be treated?

Most indications require 4 treatments which are done 5-7 days apart; and is dependent on your tolerance level and tissue response.

 

Will I feel any pain after the treatment?

Most people will experience an immediate pain relief following the treatment. However, within 2 to 4 hours after the treatments, you may experience some soreness in the treated area.

 

Are there any restrictions after the treatment?

It is recommended that you refrain from physical activity, especially one that involves the treatment region, for about 48 hours following each treatment session.