What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a technology using shockwaves to treat chronic painful conditions of the musculoskeletal system. A shockwave is an intense energy burst or wave, travelling at faster than the speed of sound. The basic science behind the shockwaves came from a technique of using shockwaves to break up kidney stones. After receiving this treatment, patients experienced unrelated aches and pain reducing or disappearing all together. It was at this point in time when scientists realized that shockwave therapy could be used to treat other musculo-skeletal conditions.
Conditions that can be treated using Shockwave therapy
Shockwave therapy can be used in the treatment of many different musculo-skeletal conditions. One of the most successful and commonly treated areas is the foot. Shockwave Therapy, in a non-invasive solution that accelerates the recovery of these injure tissues. Listed, are a few of the common foot conditions that research studies found to be treated with a high rate of success. Heel Spurs (91% success rate Journal of American Medical Association,2003) Plantar Fasciitis;(90% success rate – Foot & Ankle International 2012) Achilles Tendinopathy; (76% success rate-The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2007) Here are some other conditions that can also treated effectively with shockwave therapy: Stress Fractures, Hallux Rigidus (Osteo-Arthritis of Big Toe), Bursitis, Shin Splints and metatarsalgia.
The major benefits to shockwave therapy are that it is proven to accelerate healing with no side effects, and with most patients only requiring three to five treatments to achieve a successful outcome. Its non invasive and highly effective, without the need to take prescription anti-inflammatory drugs or cortisone injections. **The efficiency of shockwave therapy can be increased when use in conjunction with Custom made Orthotics and a night-splint. **For more information regarding Shockwave Therapy, or to arrange an initial consultation. Please contact the clinic today.