Shockwave Treatment is a new, non-surgical treatment method that is proving to be effective in alleviating many common musculoskeletal conditions.
What Is Shockwave Treatment?
Shockwave treatment (more formally known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy – ESWT) is a new, non-invasive therapeutic modality which utilizes high energy sound waves that can greatly accelerate the rate of tissue healing and regeneration.
Researchers believe that when focused on damaged tissues these high energy sound waves induce a cascade of biological responses and cellular changes which stimulate cells in the body that are responsible for bone and connective tissue healing.
Perhaps the most important of these effects is the stimulation of new blood vessel formation (a process know as neovascularization). These new vessels greatly improve the delivery of important chemical mediators and molecular building blocks to the damaged area, enabling the body to repair the injured tissue more quickly.
Keep in mind that this stimulation of new blood vessel formation is much more powerful that just increasing blood flow to the area. Shockwave treatment actually increases the number of blood vessels supplying the damaged area!
This is like adding more highways so commuters can more effectively arrive at their required destination as opposed to just directing more traffic down existing roadways.
How Effective is Shockwave Treatment
Recent research examining the effectiveness of shockwave treatment in the past decade has shown very promising results. This combined with the safety of the treatment (there are virtually no known serious side effects) has led some researchers to suggest that shockwave treatment has the potential to replace surgery in many orthopaedic disorders.
Conditions Treated With Shockwave Therapy
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shoulder Tendonitis
- Knee Pain / Tendonitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfers Elbow
- Hip Tendonitis
- Hamstring Tendonitis
- Calcific Tendonitis (Shoulder)
- Patellar Tendonitis