Shockwave Therapy

Suffering From Chronic Pain?


Shockwave Therapy is the Solution for your Pain

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is a popular treatment method used to combat common concerns including heel pain, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow, shoulder tendonitis, lateral epicondylitis, and more. It is considered a break through treatment that can make common problems like heel pain virtually obsolete. Many people with chronic pain problems are turning to ESWT to find relief from their pain.

ESWT is an FDA approved form of treatment. It is a non-surgical approach to pain relief that is used regularly to cure common problems like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. The therapy works by targeting shock waves directly to the area that is experiencing pain. This non-invasive procedure typically lasts less than 30 minutes.

One of the main benefits of ESWT is the low risk attached to the procedure. The therapy is treated extracorporealy. Patients receive the therapy outside of their body instead of receiving an invasive surgery. This promotes a faster recovery time, and it also minimizes the side effects from the treatment itself.

Recovery from ESWT is a gradual process, however the pain will not get worse. In the process of ESWT, damaged tissue cells begin to rebuild. Therefore, healing of the injured area will occur over a few days, weeks or months as these new cells develop. In some rare cases individuals will experience soreness or bruising after the treatment.

Shockwave Therapy can treat common conditions without the need for surgery.

Plantar Fasciitis
Tennis Elbow
Hip Pain
Wrist Pain


Shockwave Therapy Technology


Introduction

The shockwave treatments are performed using a state-of-the art, low-energy system called the PiezoWave. It generates electrohydraulic shockwaves, within a fluid-filled assembly, directing them to a soft plastic head.The right sound wave mode is available for every indication.This acoustic sound wave is the only one of its kind in the world, that allows users to choose between a classic focused sound wave, a linear focused sound wave, and a planar pressure wave.

Initiation of Shockwave

The assembly is positioned with the head, in contact with the skin, aimed precisely at the targeted area. Controls are set to focus the shockwave so that they travel through the skin and tissue without damaging it – releasing their maximum energy deep inside the tissue, right at the painful spot that needs treatment.

The energy of the shockwaves delivers a “micro-trauma” to the targeted spot that literally shocks the body into healing. The body responds by addressing the damage and inflammation at the source of the chronic pain, starting with the construction of new blood vessels.

Stimulated and reinvigorated, the body’s self-healing processes complete the repair and rebuilding. New, healthy tissue develops, restoring function and reducing or eliminating pain in areas that were formerly afflicted by severe inflammation by microscopically-torn fibers or other seemingly irreparable damage.

As healing progresses, the body is able to break down and absorb calcific deposits. The pressure exerted on the tissue during shcokwave treatment also has a direct and primary analgesic effect, in addition to stimulating long-term healing.

Shockwave Treatment Expectations


  1. Your clinician will identify the treatment site or sites. They may mark these sites.

  2. They will then apply a thin coat of coupling gel. This gel helps to translate the acoustic sound waves generated by the therapy head to the body.

  3. The clinician will start the treatment at a very low output setting and increase the power to a level that you help define and is best suited for your condition. The output level and acoustic wave frequency rate may vary from location to location based on the depth and type of tissue being treated.

  4. As the clinician moves the therapy source around the treatment area, you may feel a deep, dull ache that is familiar to you as being like the feeling your condition produces. The clinician will ask you to report when you feel the ache and will adjust the output of the device to the appropriate level for your treatment. They may also ask you to confirm that the therapy source is still creating the ache and may adjust the location of the treatment based on your feedback. If at anytime the treatment becomes uncomfortable, mention this to the clinician and they will adjust the output level.

  5. After the treatment is completed, the coupling gel will be removed and you can return to your normal activities. You may experience some minor aches or discomfort after treatment. It is not unusual for patients to notice flushed or reddened skin around the treatment site.

Call us for any questions you might have about your specific medical condition and if Extracorporeal Shockwave Treatment (ESWT) is right for you.

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