What is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy? (ESWT)
It is a fast and gentle non-surgical method of reducing heel pain. High-energy pulsations of ultrasonic waves stimulate the body’s natural self-healing process. It is especially beneficial for people with chronic heel pain, achilles tendonitis, patellar tendonitis (jumpers knee), and trigger point myopathy, who have not had success with traditional treatments.
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ESWT is not recommended for children, people taking medications that inhibit blood clotting, those with clotting disorders, or pregnant women.
ESWT is performed in the office. Initial assessment, evaluation, and medical history are taken first. Once the decision has been made for treatment, the trigger point/sore area is located and marked. The ESWT is applied to this affected area. A typical session last 5 minutes. The patient will require one session per week for three weeks.
Most patients will notice improvement after the first treatment, with up to 90-100% improvement within three months after the third treatment.
It is a noninvasive procedure that uses extracorporeal (outside the body) shock waves to stimulate healing in certain disorders, such as plantar fasciitis. Double blind scientific studies support the use of Shock Wave Therapy for plantar fasciits and other disorders.
To prepare for ESWT the patient will be instructed to stop any anti-inflammatory medications for about 5 days before treatment.
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