Shock Wave Therapy

Extra corporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), also known as Extra corporeal Lithotripsy or Shock Wave Therapy has been in use for over 15-20 years for the treatment of musculus skeletal disorders, such as chronic therapy-resistant tendentiousness, has become a significant subject of research worldwide.

We provide true, focused Radial Shock Wave Therapy (RSWT) for medical problems of the musculoskeletal system, offering the newest and most up-to-date version of RSWT technology. Not requiring anesthesia, this innovative technology can bring you desired relief of chronic pain just after a few sessions.

Shock wave therapy is quickly becoming a mainstay treatment for the aforementioned chronic diseases and medical studies indicate that at least 80% of the patients were completely healed after it.

Radial Shock Wave Therapy is the application of a high-energy acoustic pulse transmitted into the tissue of the affected area of the body. Each Radial Shock Wave treatment works to increase the metabolic activity around the site of pain or discomfort, stimulating the re-absorption of irritative calcium deposits in tendons and stimulate the body's natural healing process, thus reducing pain.

Radial Shock Wave Therapy (RSWT) is an alternative to conservative treatment and should be applied before considering surgery.

Radial Shock Wave Therapy typically requires three treatments one week apart for optimal results. The treatments last approximately five minutes and may be slightly uncomfortable, but are well tolerated by everyone. Most patients feel significant results/changes after only the first treatment.

 

 

What is Shock-wave Therapy?

Extra corporeal Shock-wave Therapy (ESWT), also known as Extra corporeal Lithotripsy or Shock-wave Therapy has been in use for over 15-20 years for the treatment of musculus skeletal disorders, such as chronic therapy-resistant tendentiousness, has become a significant subject of research worldwide.

How does Radial Shock-wave Therapy work?

Radial shock wave therapy (ESWT) utilizes a ballistic technique. A projectile accelerated by compressed air and propelled at high kinetic energy, hits an applicator placed on the skin. By using a coupling medium such as ultrasound gel, this impulse is delivered to the tissue in the form of a shock wave. From this point the shock wave continues to spread inside the body in the form of a spherical “radial” wave. In this generating principle, the applicator surface constitutes the geometric point with the highest pressure and the highest energy density’s treatment initiates an inflammation-like condition in the tissue that is being treated. The body responds by increasing the blood circulation and metabolism in the impact area which in turn accelerates the body’s own healing processes. The shock-waves break down injured tissue and calcification.

What are the advantages with Radial Shock-wave Therapy?

Radial Shock-wave Therapy is applied without medication, for example Cortisone injections. The treatment stimulates and effectively supports the body’s self healing mechanisms. It is usual to experience immediate pain relief following the treatment and hence improved movement. Reported side effects are minimal.

How long should I expect the shock-wave treatment to take?

One treatment usually takes 15 – 25 minutes to administer approximately 2000 shock-waves per treatment.

Should I expect pain during the shock-wave treatment?

Sometimes the treatment can be a bit painful, but most people can tolerate this without anesthesia.

Will I be in pain after the treatment?

You will normally experience a reduced level of pain or no pain at all immediately after the treatment. Some individuals have reported feeling a “pins and needles” effect right after treatment; however there may be a dull and diffuse pain occurring a few hours later. This dull pain can last for a day or so and in rare cases a little bit longer.

What can I do if I am in pain after treatment?

An actual inflammation like condition occurs in the tissues treated with Radial Shock-wave Therapy. Your body responds by increasing the metabolic activity around the impact area which in turn stimulates and accelerates the body’s own healing mechanisms. Pain control can be achieved by the use of OTC pain medications however anti-inflammatory medications are contraindicated with shock-wave therapy and also cold therapy also interferes with the body’s self healing abilities.

What if I am pain free immediately after the shock-wave treatment?

Even if you have no pain we strongly recommend that you refrain from intensive activities that stress the treated area for the next 48 hours after each treatment.

How many shock-wave therapy treatments are necessary?

Standard protocol is one treatment per week for a three week period. This is the standard protocol even if there is no pain after the first or second treatment.

What if the shock-wave treatment doesn’t work for me?

Normally, it may take several months before maximum effect is achieved. If however after 3-4 months still do not experience a pronounced improvement, depending on your particular clinical presentation, an alternative treatment may be necessary.

Are there any risks, contraindications or precautions that I should be aware of?

  • Cortisone injections are not to be administered within the last month before treatment is initiated
  • Hemorrhage tendencies and coagulation system disturbances with supporting medication
  • Heart conditions and blood circulation disturbances
  • Acute inflammation in the treatment area
  • Cancer and pregnancy

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