Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a modern and highly effective treatment method which introduces high-energy sound waves (often referred to as shock waves) into the painful areas of the body. With this innovative treatment, pathological (damaged)alterations of tendons, ligaments, capsules, muscles and bones can be eliminated or reduced. After only 4 or 5 sessions, over 80% of patients report painlessness or significant pain reduction.
How do shock waves (sound waves) work?
Shock waves (sound waves) accelerate the healing process by activating the body’s self-healing powers. They stimulate the metabolism and enhance the blood circulation. Damaged tissue gradually regenerates and eventually heals. At Feet First we recommend ESWT for the treatment of various tendonopathies. The two main issues treated with this therapy are achilles pain (achilles tendonopathy) and heel pain (plantar fasciitis).
How is the therapy performed?
The therapist localises the pain region by palpation. A skin gel is then applied to the treatment area to allow the shock waves to be introduced into the body almost painlessly and without any loss of energy. After these preparations, shock waves are released as the shock wave applicator is moved over the pain region in a circular motion.
Duration and frequency of the therapy
The therapy session takes approximately 10 minutes depending on the disorder to be treated. In general, 5-8 therapy sessions are necessary at weekly intervals.
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy has virtually no risks or side-effects
Blood thinners (anticoagulants)
Implants (pacemaker, pins or screws)
Disorders that can be treated with ESWT:
Heel Pain (plantar fasciitis)
Achilles tendon pain (achilles tendonopathy)
Shin pain/tibial stress syndrome
Patellar tendonitis (jumper’s knee)