Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
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What Is Shockwave Therapy?
Trigger point shock wave therapy (TPST) is a highly efficient, non-surgical treatment for chronic pain in the musculoskeletal system.
Richard Wolf, one of the innovators in medical technology worldwide for more than 100 years, has developed a new pain therapy device for physiotherapy. Extracorporeal shock waves have been used in the treatment of chronic pain since the ’90s.
The heart of the WellWave is the ergonomic planar therapy source. As a powerful system for pain therapy, it significantly expands the range of application in cases of myofascial pain syndrome:
- Cervical spine
- Upper extremities
- Pectoral girdle
- Hip region
- Thoracic and lumbar spine
- Lower extremities
Thanks to the wide range of applications of shock wave therapy, the WellWave is an excellent addition to any modern, progressive practice.
Common Conditions Treated by Shockwave Therapy
- Plantar Fascitis / Heel Pain / Heel Spur
- Elbow pain ex. tennis or golfer’s elbow
- Shoulder pain ex. shoulder calification’s
- Achilles tendon pain – Achilles Tendonopathy
- Patellar tendonitis ex. jumper’s knee or Osgood-Schlatters disease
- Myofascial Trigger points/muscle tension
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Trigger Points
- Shin Splints
- Knee Pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Stress Fractures
- Non-Healing Ulcers
- Scar Tissue Treatment
- Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
Benefits of Shockwave Therapy*
- Non-surgical treatment
- Accelerates healing
- No side effects
- Coverage available from most insurance companies
Shock waves are audible high-energy sound waves. They have been employed in the medical world since around 1980, initially used to disintegrate kidney stones, for instance. With our modern pain therapy, the shock wave generator conducts energy to the painful body regions, where healing capacities then take place.
How Do Shockwaves Work?
The healing process is accelerated by activating the body’s self-healing powers. The shock waves stimulate new vessel blood formation or “neovascularization” to the damaged area leading to blood circulation and metabolism, where damaged tissue will gradually regenerate and eventually heal.
What Are The Possible Side Effects/Complications?
The extracorporeal wave has virtually no risks or side effects. In some cases, patients may experience some minor discomfort, which may continue for a few days. Similar to what you may experience after a full day’s work or intense exercise.
What Is the Expected Progress?
The beneficial effects of ESWT are often experienced after only 3 to 5 treatments. Some patients report immediate relief after the treatment although it can take potentially up to 4 weeks for pain relief to begin and between 9 to 12 weeks to see the positive benefits. Studies demonstrate the most significant healing is between 6 and 9 weeks. This procedure can possibly reduce pain and potentially restore mobility.
How Is The Treatment Performed?
The pain region is localized and discussed with the patient. A coupling gel is then applied to the treatment area, where the hand piece will be placed on the region to generate shock waves. The applicator is moved in a circular motion over the pain region for the duration of the treatment. The shock waves are converted into sound energy once the kinetic energy hits the body’s immovable tissues. Each session takes between 5 and 15 minutes depending on the disorder being treated and is scheduled at weekly intervals.
Why Consider ESWT?
ESWT has a proven success rate that is equal to or greater than that of traditional methods and without the risks, complications and lengthy recovery time. ESWT does not require anesthesia, requires minimal amount of time, patients can weight bear immediately, and return to normal activity within a few days of the procedure.
- Does not require anesthesia
- Patients can be treated on both sides at the same time if the condition requires
- Patients are immediately full weight bearing
- Fast, safe and effective
- Patients are evaluated for success after 12 weeks
- Decrease pain and increase function
- No incision; no risk of infection at the treatment site; no scarring
- Future treatment options are not limited
- Cost effective
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