What is ESWT?
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 shockwave is much higher than both radial pressure waves and ultrasound and is therefore clinically much more effective.
Mechanism of Action
Shockwave elicit a strong cellular response. 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.
- Chronic heel pain (plantar fasciitis)
- Tendon and ligament injuries
- Muscle Pain
- Stiff toe joint
The procedure takes only 5 - 10 minutes. Much like an ultra-sound procedure, the treatment area will be covered with gel to ensure good shock-wave 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%.
To Our Patients
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 services.
We are proud to offer our patients the same cutting-edge technology. This latest generation ESWT device utilizes softwave™ to help your body heal itself.
Your compliance with a follow-up program is very important to the final treatment success. Your podiatrist will give you specific instructions how you can assist in the healing process for example, exercises you can do at home and activities you should avoid until you are better.
Millions of people have received shockwave treatment without any significant side effects. In a few cases, patients experience some pains during treatment - especially when the treatment area is close to bone or is acutely inflamed. This pain ceases immediately when the therapy head is moved from the sensitive area. In rare cases soreness may persist in the treatment area for 1 - 2 days after the procedure.