Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive method that uses pressure waves to treat various musculoskeletal conditions. High-energy acoustic waves (shock waves) deliver a mechanical force to the body’s tissues.

General Details of Shockwave Procedure:

A non-invasive probe is applied to the skin. An electrical charge creates an energy wave that is focused on the area of concern. The shock waves create a force on the tissues that may induce healing. It’s not clear why this approach to healing works for some people, but it may be that shockwaves cause inflammation and improve blood flow to encourage the body to repair and heal itself.

Specific Technique:

Shockwave therapy is an outpatient procedure. A probe is placed on the skin after a gel is applied to help conduct the shock waves. High- or low-energy waves may be used. Low-energy shock wave therapy often is performed without anaesthesia. Therapy is more successful with active patient participation where the patient tells the therapist whether or not the probe is at the area of pain. One or more treatment sessions may be needed.

After Shockwave Therapy:

Patients typically bear weight after treatment. Patients are advised to reduce the level of physical activity for one to two weeks after treatment. Shockwave therapy may give good outcomes:

 

1 EPICONDYLITIS

Painful inflammation of the tendon attachment on the medial elbow

2 SUBACROMIAL PAIN SYNDROME

Painful inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons and inflammation of the bursa – shoulder impingement syndrome

3 GREATER TROCHANTERIC PAIN SYNDROME

Painful periostitis of the outer femur

4 PATELLA TIP SYNDROME

Inflammation of the point of attachment of the patellar ligament

5 MEDIAL TIBIAL STRESS SYNDROME

Inflammation of the tibial edge due to excessive strain

6 INSERTIONAL ACHILLES TENDINOPATHY

Painful disorder of the Achilles tendon at its insertion onto the calcaneus

7 MIDBODY ACHILLES TENDINOPATHY

Painful disorder of the Achilles tendon

8 FASCIITIS PLANTARIS

Painful, mostly chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia

CHRONIC ENTHESOPATHIES

Painful irritation of tendon attachments due to overexertion or improper strain, or due to degenerative processes

ACUPUNCTURE POINTS

Pain therapy via treatment of acupuncture points

PAINFUL TRIGGER POINTS

Acute and chronic pain in the back, shoulder, neck, etc. due to permanently shortened and thickened muscles

OTHER INDICATIONS :

CALCIFYING TENDINITIS OF THE SHOULDER

Painful limitation of shoulder movement due to calcification

PEYRONIE’S DISEASE

Acquired curvature of the penis that can cause erectile dysfunction
PRIMARY AND SECONDARY LYMPHEDEMA

> Primary lymphedema is a lymphatic malformation developing during the later stage of lymphangiogenesis

> Secondary lymphedema is the result of disruption or obstruction of the lymphatic system
ACUTE AND CHRONIC SOFT TISSUE WOUNDS

Diabetic foot ulcer, pressure ulcer and venous stasis ulcer are the most chronic skin and soft tissue wounds
CELLULITE

Localized metabolic disorder of subcutaneous tissue characterized by skin dimpling and nodularity