Shockwave Therapy

Formally known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, or ESWT, this procedure delivers short, but intense, waves of energy to key points of the musculoskeletal system. The treatment evolved from the use of acoustic shockwaves to break up kidney stones and, after 25 years of success, clinicians discovered that patients frequently reported unrelated aches and pains vanished in the process. Scientists began to look at the possibility that shockwaves may be an effective healing tool for soft tissue complaints and it is now commonly used for rapid relief of tennis elbow and plantar fasciitis. Two theories exist regarding the efficacy of ESWT. The first is that the repeated shockwaves create new blood flow to the painful tissue, thus promoting healing. The second theory posits that in cases of chronic pain, the brain eventually ceases to react to the affected area. The application of short pulses of shockwaves may be creating a new inflammatory process to which the brain reacts.

Treatable conditions:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonpathy
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Jumpers Knee
  • Stress Fractures
  • Calcific Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Non Healing Ulcers
  • Non Unions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Scar Tissue Treatment
  • Hallux Rigidus

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