Shock Wave Therapy

Shock Wave Therapy, or Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (EWST) is a non-invasive treatment that involves sending energy waves into an injured area to promote healing.

What is Shock Wave Therapy?

Shock Wave Therapy, or Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (EWST) is a non-invasive treatment that involves sending energy waves into an injured area to promote healing. This treatment is different from ultrasound in that it does not use sound waves.

This treatment produces highly effective pressure shock waves that break down scar tissue, and start a complex regenerative process that stimulates the body to create stem cells The stem cells regenerate and repair tissue that have been damaged by injury or arthritis

What is the Shock Wave treatment like?

The treatment starts with applying ultrasound gel to the area to be treated. Next the treatment handle is placed directly onto the skin and the preprogrammed energy level is activated.

The treatment is a series of short, high-intensity bursts of mechanical energy, Shock waves, radiating into the tissue. The shock waves feel like a rapid tapping inside the tissue.

How long has Shock Wave been used in Medicine?

Shock Wave Therapy has been used since 1980.   It was initially used in the treatment of kidney stones, but it quickly found uses in sports injuries and chronic arthritic conditions.

Shock Wave Therapy has been well studied and now has over 3400 scientific papers published describing the cellular and therapeutic benefits in the healing process.

The benefits of Shock Wave Therapy

  • Pain relief: Produces an analgesic effect
  • Anti-inflammatory: reduces the inflammatory immune response
  • Stimulates tissue regeneration
  • Angiogenesis: Production of new blood vessels and improved blood flow
  • Formation of new bone
  • Activation of stem cells
  • Increased metabolism, increased migration, increased differentiation, increased concentration

Conditions treated with Shock Wave Therapy

  • Neck Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Hip Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Knee Pain
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Patellar Tendinosis
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Shock Wave is not used if you have the following

  • Pregnancy
  • Blood Clotting disorders
  • Steroid injections in the last 6 weeks
  • Pacemaker
  • Cancer
  • Infection at the treatment area

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