Our practice specializes in providing modern and non-invasive treatment options for orthopedic pain. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) has proven to be a safe and effective treatment method in orthopedics and sports medicine. In fact, universities and Olympic team doctors are among those who include ESWT in their spectrum of services. We are proud to offer our patients the same cutting-edge technology. This latest generation ESWT device utilizes softwave™ therapy to help your body heal itself. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of ESWT, please ask any member of our team.
Shockwaves are essentially sound waves with a very specific wave form. Unlike radial pressure wave therapy, softwave™ therapy penetrates deep into the tissue and thus to the site of injury. The biologic signaling effect of shockwaves is much higher than both radial pressure waves and ultrasound and is therefore clinically much more effective.The sudden change in pressure caused by the shockwaves triggers the cell to respond as it would to trauma. In other words: shockwaves initiate a biologic healing response. Numerous studies show the release of growth factors, anti-inflammatory agents and an improved blood supply in response to ESWT.
Many of our patients see great results with:
- Shoulder Injuries
- Golfer’s and Tennis elbow
- Chronic heel pain
- Jumper’s knee
- Tendon and ligament injuries
- Muscle pain
- & Much More!
The procedure takes only 5-10 minutes. Much like an ultrasound procedure, the treatment area will be covered with gel to ensure good shockwave transmission. After coupling the therapy head to your body your therapist will deliver a diagnosis specific number of pulses. The energy can be applied at your personal comfort level. More than 80% of patients report improvement even after just one treatment. Depending on your particular condition you will likely be scheduled for 3-5 sessions. The final outcome depends on a variety of factors, but most studies report a healing rate of 65-85%.