Shockwave therapy

EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCKWAVE THERAPY (ESWT)

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is a popular treatment method used to speed up the body’s natural healing mechanism. During treatment, shockwaves are repeatedly applied to the injured area and break down any scar tissue and calcifications where in the body is sometimes unable to repair itself. As the tissue is broken down by the shock wave, new tissue starts building up, replicating the self-healing process of the body.

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High energy pressure waves are created and focused on the injury using a special applicator. The depth of penetration varies depending on the applicator used and can penetrate tissue up to a level of 4-5 cm.
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Who can benefit from ESWT?

Shockwave therapy is gaining more popularity and its uses are quickly broadening. Typically, most patients with the following conditions will respond well to this treatment:

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Advantages of ESWT

  • No anesthesia required
  • Non invasive procedure
  • No medication
  • No surgery
  • Noticeable results just after few sessions

What to expect?

A course of Shockwave therapy usually requires three to eight sessions of 30 to 45 minutes each. The sessions can be uncomfortable and even painful at times depending on the nature and severity of the injury. This should always be done within the tolerance levels of the patient. This procedure is performed like a normal ultrasound in an effort to locate damaged tissue in the area where pain occurs. Then, once these areas are targeted, a shockwave is sent to stimulate the tissue. This enables the body to begin creating new tissue and repairing damaged tendons.

The sessions can also include other manual treatment techniques and should incorporate advice and rehabilitation of weak muscles related to the injury.

Research shows that over 90 percent of patients who receive this therapy experience a reduction in their pain. This modality is often used very successfully when other more traditional conservative modalities have proved to be ineffective.

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