Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a treatment modality that has been extensively researched, and clinically shown to accelerate the body’s natural healing process. Shockwave Therapy generates strong energy waves for short periods of time. The energy wave is conducted from the applicator to the desired tissue through the use of an acoustic wave generator (coupling gel). These energy pulses create bubbles (micro-cavitation) that expand and burst.
The force generated by these cavitations penetrates tissue and has been shown to stimulate cells responsible for new blood vessel formation, bone, and connective tissue healing. This stimulus increases circulation and cellular metabolism in the region of injury to enhance the healing capability of the body. This process helps individuals decrease or eliminate pain and improve mobility and quality of life.
Shockwave Therapy is the most effective in recalcitrant (unresponsive to treatment) pathological alterations of tendons, ligaments, capsules, muscles and bones. This includes conditions and injuries such as:
- Hip Pain
- Knee Pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Stress Fractures
- Hamstring Strains
- Patellar Tendinopathy
- Achilles Tendinopathy
- Scar Tissue Treatment
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Pain
- Calcific Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
Patients typically experience the benefits of Shockwave Therapy after only 1 or 2 treatments. Literature has shown that Shockwave Therapy when combined with exercise has an 85% success rate for plantar fasciitis, 76% success rate for achilles tendinopathy and a 75% success rate for the treatment of patellar tendinopathy (jumper’s knee).
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