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Experienced therapists delivering highly effective care.
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highly effective care.
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy (SWT), is sometimes referred to as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT). These terms are interchangeable and therefore should be regarded as the same thing.
There are two types of SWT.
1) FOCUSED SWT is used to penetrate up to 30 cm into the body and is used by physicians to break up kidney stones.
2) RADIAL SWT is the type used in physiotherapy to treat musculoskeletal disorders.
Radial Shockwave devices use a mechanical ‘gun like’ mechanism to apply a mechanical shock to the tissue. This produces an intense acoustic wave that penetrates the tissue up to approximately 50 mm (depending upon the intensity and frequency settings that your physiotherapist has chosen).
How Does Shockwave Therapy Help?
The application of shockwaves to the body create a cascade of physical and chemical responses in the tissue. In other words, we use shockwave to mildly damage tissue in a very controlled fashion. This damage can cause the destruction of unwanted tissues like calcium deposits or scar tissue, and it stimulates the body’s natural healing response to create new healthy tissue.
This stimulation causes the body to:
- Increase the production of collagen (a necessary element of new tissue formation that gives tissue its tensile strength).
- Improve metabolic activity and circulation in the targeted tissue.
- Synthesize new blood vessels in the targeted area.
For a more detailed look at the science behind the bodies response to Shockwave Therapy check out this article — http://www.shockwavetherapy.education/index.php/theory/biological-effects
Does Shockwave Therapy Hurt?
Yes. Getting shockwave therapy does create discomfort. But the intensity can be controlled by the therapist to stay within your tolerance. The treatment will last around 4 minutes per area and is not typically painful afterwards. In fact it has been widely reported that people experience significant pain relief after the treatment is over. There are several theories on how this pain relief works, but the reality is, this analgesic effect is still poorly understood.
What Conditions are Treated with Shockwave Therapy?
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Tennis or Golfer’s elbow
- Jumper’s Knee
- Calcaneal Fat Pad Syndrome
- Calcific Tendonitis
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Patellar Tendonitis
- Muscle Tears and Strains
- Stress Fractures
- Shin Splints
- Persistent Trigger Points
- Calcaneal Heel Spurs
- Many More….
What are the Risks?
It is important that the clinician applying shockwave therapy is well trained. It requires a deep understanding of anatomy, the condition you are treating and how to manipulate the parameters of the device for the desired effect.
Major nerves, blood vessels and easily damaged areas of the body must be avoided. The clinician also must be aware of any implanted devices (such as pacemakers) and should avoid sending shockwaves into lung or brain tissue. In children it is thought that the growth plates could be damaged with shockwave so the clinician must be aware of the locations of growth plates and be able to assess the skeletal maturity of the patient.
How Many Treatments are Required?
Every patient’s problem is different and requires a different amount of treatment. At your initial consultation your Cornerstone physiotherapist will give you an informed estimate of how many treatments will be required. Most patients undergo 4 or 5 treatments spaced 7 days apart. At Cornerstone you will also be given some suggestions for what you should be doing between treatments to maximize your chance of success.
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Note: Pairing your shockwave therapy with physiotherapy can result in a more complete recovery and less chance of re-occurrence.
Unsure if Shockwave Therapy is for You?
Rest assured that when you chose Cornerstone you can be certain that you are getting expertly applied shockwave therapy that is appropriate for your specific condition. Give us a call and let’s get started.