Using Pressure Wave Sound Waves For Tissue Repair and Pain Relief
Pressure wave or shockwave therapy, also referred to as ESWT (extracorporeal shockwave therapy), is a highly effective treatment method using high-energy sound waves to provide pain relief. It is one of the most advanced and highly effective non-invasive treatment methods approved by the FDA. The treatment works by helping to reduce pain by improving the regenerative potential, enhancing blood circulation to repair damaged tissue and by breaking up scar tissue and adhesions. Some of the most common things we use this treatment for is plantar fascitis, heel spurs and neuropathy.
Pressure wave therapy can successfully address acute and chronic pain such as: knee, heel, foot, ankle, hamstring, back, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. It is used to address sports injuries as well as many chronic pain conditions.
How Pressure Wave Therapy Works
High-energy sound waves are introduced into the painful areas of the body. Pressure wave technology accelerates the healing process in the body by stimulating the metabolism and enhancing blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissue. Strong energy pulses, applied for short periods of time, create micro-cavitation bubbles that expand and burst. The force created by these bubbles penetrates tissue and stimulates the cells in the body that are responsible for bone and connective tissue healing.
The number of sessions needed depends on the condition that is being treated. However, most conditions require 3-5 treatments on average. Significant relief is often experienced after the first treatment. Each treatment session takes between 10-15 minutes.
What Results To Expect
This non-surgical, non-invasive therapy for pain greatly reduces pain and restores mobility, thus quickly improving patients’ quality of life. Beneficial effects are often experienced after only one or two treatments including:
- 91% success rate (as per clinical studies)
- No anesthesia required
- No risk of infection
- No scarring
- No downtime
- Over 80% patient satisfaction
It’s cost-effective and provides faster, easier healing than many alternative therapies.
Most people are good candidates for this treatment. However, patients who are pregnant, have a pacemaker or current cancer are not suitable. After an assessment your provider will let you know if this treatment can help you.
How Is the Treatment Performed?
ESWT treatment is non-invasive. Gel is applied to the treatment area; pressure waves are then released through the applicator as it is moved over the treatment area.
How Many Treatments Are Generally Needed?
The number of sessions needed depends on the condition that is being treated. Each treatment session takes between 10-15 minutes and can vary depending on the condition that is being treated.
What Type of Results Are Expected?
Beneficial effects are often experienced after only one or two treatments and there is no downtime. Many patients report immediate pain relief after treatment. The technology has a 91% success rate as per clinical studies, patients treated report being pain free and/or have a significant reduction in pain. The non-surgical therapy for pain eliminates pain and restores mobility, thus improving patient’s quality of life.