What is Shockwave Therapy?

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive, out-patient alternative to surgery for those suffering from many joint and tendon disorders.

The purpose of the therapy is to trigger the body’s own natural healing response. ESWT (Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy) sends acoustic shock waves into bone or soft tissue reinjuring the area and breaking up the scarring that has penetrated tendons and ligaments. Shockwave Therapy is its own treatment for a lingering injury, or pain resulting from illness. You do not need painkillers with it and many people report their pain is reduced and mobility improved after the first treatment.

How It Works

Shockwave Therapy is particularly good at pain management and elimination. It is becoming more common in physiotherapy. Using a much lower energy than in medical applications, shockwave therapy is used in the treatment of many musculoskeletal conditions, primarily those involving connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons. There are some tendon conditions that do not seem to respond to traditional forms of treatment. Shockwave therapy is most suited for people who have chronic tendinitis which have not responded to other treatments for tennis elbow, rotator cuff, plantar fasciitis, and calcific tendinitis of the shoulder. These could be as a result of sport injury, overuse, or repetitive strain.

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Shockwave treatment is usually done once a week for 3-6 weeks, depending on results. The treatment itself can cause mild discomfort, but it only last 4-5 minutes, and the intensity can be adjusted to keep it comfortable.

Benefits of Shockwave Therapy

Everyone with soft tissue injuries can benefit, especially athletes. You will be assessed by the physiotherapist at your first visit to confirm that you are an appropriate candidate for shockwave therapy and are educated about your condition and what you can do in conjunction with treatment.

Other Benefits of Shockwave Therapy are:

• Treatments success rate equal to or greater than surgery.

• Non-invasive solution for chronic pain in your shoulder, back, heel, knee, or elbow

• No anesthesia required, no drugs

• Limited side effects

• Main fields of application: orthopedics, rehabilitation, and sport medicine

• New research shows that it can have a positive affect on acute pain

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What to Expect after a Session

Typically, patients feel less pain after treatment, and are able to resume normal physical activities but you may experience throbbing pain 2-4 hours following the treatment. This throbbing pain may occur for up to 24 to 48 hours. In rare cases, patients may experience temporary skin reddening, pain or worsening of symptoms during the first few days after treatment.

It is important that following shock wave treatment activity levels are decreased for 48 hrs following the treatment.

Parkway Back and Foot Clinic utilizes Shockwave therapy to provide relief from pain and increase mobility.