Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive medical procedure used as an alternative to treat various musculoskeletal problems. It is used primarily for conditions involving connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons.
This method of treatment involves the delivery of shock waves to injured soft tissue to reduce pain and promote healing. The medical device used in this process permits shock waves that are similar to those used in treating kidney stones to increase the blood flow of the affected area. Extensive clinical studies and tests have confirmed that this procedure is safe and effective.
Acoustic waves with high energy peaks used in shock wave therapy interact with musculoskeletal tissues. It causes various medical effects such as accelerated tissue repair and cell growth, analgesia and mobility restoration.
Some known advantages of ESWT include:
Shock wave therapy usually takes 30 minutes to complete and is performed as an outpatient procedure. A heel block, either a local or regional anesthesia, is often given prior to performing this therapy as it may cause some pain and discomfort to the patient.
The application of this therapy is simple and easy. Your doctor will locate the area to be treated through palpation. Then, with a sufficient amount of gel, the shock wave applicator will be slightly pushed against the area to be treated. The use of gel is necessary to transfer the acoustic wave efficiently and smoothly. Afterward, your doctor will start the procedure.
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