What is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy?
With years of research and FDA approval, Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is considered the most effective conservative treatment for chronic stubborn plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. This is an amazing option for someone needing more than conservative at-home treatments but may not ready for surgery.
Details of Shockwave Therapy Procedure
Shockwave therapy is an outpatient procedure. It uses high-energy acoustic waves to deliver a mechanical force to the body’s tissues. A probe is placed on the skin after a gel is applied to help conduct the shock waves. The device creates an energy wave that is focused on the area of concern. The shock waves create a force on the tissues that may improve blood flow to encourage the body to repair and heal itself.
The therapy is more successful with active patient participation where the patient tells the physician whether or not the probe is at the area of pain. One or more treatment sessions may be needed.
Do I Need Shockwave Therapy?
For chronic pain, extracorporeal shockwave therapy should be considered when conservative treatments fail. These treatments can include injections, physical therapy, and oral medications, among others. If shockwave therapy doesn’t work, the next step is usually surgery.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
The treatment is done in individual sessions lasting about 10-15 minutes each.
What Happens After the Procedure?
Patients typically bear weight after treatment and can resume normal activities unless your physician instructs you otherwise. Shock wave therapy may give good outcomes for some tendon problems or chronic degenerative conditions, including Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.
Important:This information is only a guideline to help you understand your treatment and what to expect. Everyone is different and your rehabilitation may be quicker or slower than other people’s. Book an appointment today to see if shockwave therapy is right for you!