What is acoustic wave therapy?
Also Known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
What is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy?
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is a series of high-energy pulses to the affected area. This treatment has been used for many years in European countries to treat many musculoskeletal conditions.
It Has Been Shown in Studies That This Treatment is Very Effective in the Treatment of:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- IT Band Friction Syndrome
- Calcific tendonitis
- Cellulite Treatment
- Trigger Points
- Erectile Dysfunction/Peyrones Disease
How Long is a Typical Treatment and How Many Treatments are Necessary?
Depending on the specific problem most areas require around 2000 “shocks” for the desired outcome. Some areas may require more depending on how chronic the condition is. You will probably be in and out of the office within 20-30 mins. Most conditions require about 6 visits with 5-7 days between each treatment.
Does This Treatment Actually Work?
Are There Any Side Effects of This Treatment?
The short answer is YES. This treatment produces an inflammatory response which can cause some residual pain after the treatment.
- Some specific side effects can include bruising, swelling, petechiae. The side effects will typically subside within 7-10 days.
- The inflammatory response is the desired outcome of this treatment and it is recommended that you discontinue any anti-inflammatory medications.
- The treatment itself is tolerated well by most people but can be uncomfortable to some. The pressure of the shockwaves can be turned down to a tolerable level for those experiencing pain during treatment.
Exclusions to Shockwave Therapy May Include:
- Coagulation disorders (Hemophilia)
- Use of anticoagulants
- Cancer/Tumor Diseases
- Use of Cortisone 6 weeks prior to Shockwave Treatment