What Is Shockwave Therapy?
In Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), a wave is produced by a small explosion generated underwater inside an applicator. This wave is focused through a lens and transmitted into the tissue. By the targeted application of the shock waves, reproduction of vessels in the area of tendons and muscles, improved blood circulation, and an increased in concentration of growth factors that can be mainly for physical therapy treatment, sports injuries and rehab, and pain relief from conditions such as:
- Plantar fasciltis
- Muscle sprain
- Knee pain
- Low back/thoracic pain
- Muscular cramps
- Trapezium tension
- Finger tendinitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Shoulder joint tendon inflammation and calcification
- Groin pain
Shock wave therapy is an innovative method for treating pain, the treatment is non-surgical and non-invasive. Each treatment session is only 15-20 minutes, to be repeated over 5-10 sessions per region. Patients generally can feel first effects after treatment, pain reduction and relief is seen usually after a few treating sessions, with good treatment compliance.
What Does Shockwave Therapy Feel Like?
Patients may report feeling soreness and a thumping sensation when the treatment head passes over dysfunctional tissues. Patients report feeling very little discomfort when it actively travels over healthy tissue.
The level of discomfort depends on the area being treated, the settings on the device, and the acuity of the condition. Minor post-treatment soreness around the involved area is not uncommon.
How Long Do Shockwave Treatments Last?
Each shockwave session is around 10 minutes long.
How Many Shockwave Treatments will I need?
Generally 4-6 treatments is a standard estimate depending on the patient and condition being treated.