Shockwave therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), is a non-invasive medical treatment that uses high-energy sound waves to stimulate healing and relieve pain in various musculoskeletal conditions.
During shockwave therapy, a device delivers acoustic waves to the affected area of the body. These waves create mechanical pressure that promotes tissue regeneration, increases blood flow, and stimulates the body’s natural healing response. The waves can be focused on a specific target area or applied in a radial pattern, depending on the condition being treated.
Shockwave therapy has been used to effectively treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis), calcific tendonitis, and certain types of chronic pain. It is commonly used when other conservative treatments have not provided sufficient relief.
The treatment itself is typically performed in a clinical setting by a trained healthcare professional. The duration and frequency of the sessions depend on the specific condition and severity, but generally, a series of sessions may be required for optimal results. Each session usually lasts between 10 to 30 minutes.
Shockwave therapy is generally well-tolerated, but some patients may experience mild discomfort during the procedure. After the treatment, it’s common to experience temporary soreness, redness, or bruising in the treated area. However, serious side effects are rare.
It’s important to note that shockwave therapy is a specialized treatment and should be administered by a qualified healthcare professional who has experience with the technique. If you’re considering shockwave therapy, I recommend consulting with a healthcare provider who can evaluate your specific condition and determine if it is an appropriate treatment option for you. They can provide further guidance and information based on your individual needs.