WHAT IS SHOCKWAVE THERAPY?
Musculoskeletal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive medical treatment that uses high-energy sound waves to stimulate healing and reduce pain in various musculoskeletal conditions.
ESWT has been shown to be an effective treatment option for many musculoskeletal disorders, including chronic plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy, patellar tendinopathy, lateral epicondylitis, and shoulder calcific tendinopathy. It is more commonly being used effectively for a range of other muscle and tendon problems which the research is catching up with.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
ESWT works by delivering high-energy acoustic waves to the affected area, which can stimulate the body's natural healing response. The shockwaves help increase blood flow and promote the growth of new blood vessels, which can help reduce pain and inflammation, which accelerates the healing process. Additionally, ESWT can help break up calcifications and scar tissue, allowing the body to more effectively heal the affected area. Combining shock-wave with physiotherapy rehabilitation has the better results.
ESWT is typically recommended when other conservative treatment options have failed to alleviate symptoms. It may also be recommended as a first-line treatment option for certain conditions, such as plantar fasciitis. Your physiotherapist can help determine whether ESWT is the right treatment option for your condition.
WHEN IS ESWT RECOMMENDED?
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
ESWT has several benefits that make it an attractive treatment option for many patients. Some of the benefits of ESWT include:
Non-invasive: ESWT is a non-surgical treatment option that does not require incisions or anesthesia.
No downtime: Most patients can return to their normal activities immediately following ESWT.
High success rates: ESWT has been shown to be an effective treatment option for many musculoskeletal disorders, with success rates ranging from 60-80%.
Long-lasting results: Many patients experience long-term pain relief and improved function following ESWT.
Cost-effective: Compared to other treatments, ESWT is a relatively cost-effective option.
ESWT is generally considered safe, but like any medical procedure, it does carry some risks. Some of the potential risks of ESWT include:
Pain during treatment: Some patients may experience discomfort during ESWT treatment.
Bruising or swelling: Some patients may experience bruising or swelling at the treatment site.
Rare complications: In rare cases, ESWT can cause more serious complications such as damage to surrounding tissues, these will be discussed with you at your appointment.
ARE THERE ANY RISKS?
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