Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy


 

Overview

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (or simply ESWT for short) is a treatment used for a broad spectrum of conditions. An ESWT device uses large amounts of concentrated sound to encourage healing. For our clinic, Extracorporeal shockwave therapy has proven to be a very effective treatment against heel pain. This treatment is non-invasive and often carries no side effects. Our ESWT machine is produced by Storz Medical.

Indications

Due to the nature of ESWT it can be used to treat a variety of foot problems. We often use Extracorporeal shockwave therapy to treat plantar fasciitis and corns. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is also used to treat the listed conditions below.

How it works

An ESWT machine is essentially a small compressor connected to a wand. The wand has a piston inside that fires at a given rate creating vibrations. These vibrations are the sound waves that treat conditions. The sound waves sent out cause cells to receive microtrauma. Microtrauma encourages the inflammatory response to kick in and thus promotes healing in the application area. This is the reason that it is ill-advised to apply ice to a condition treated by ESWT.

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Shock waves enter the tissue giving the targeted cells microtrauma.

Cells that received microtrauma (re)initiate the healing processes.

After some time the cells will recover and the targeted condition will have likely been addressed.