A little bit about a big machine: 

Shockwave sounds a lot scarier than what it is! The team are always happy to answer all of your questions but here is an overview for your insight. 

Medical advancements have come a long way in providing innovative solutions to various health conditions. One of the interesting and unique treatments gaining popularity in recent years is shockwave therapy. Initially used to break up kidney stones, shockwave therapy has now evolved into a non-invasive and effective treatment for musculoskeletal conditions. 

Shockwave has some misconceptions and it's hard to deficer the information out there so we will try to make it easy to understand. 

Please follow along for understanding the theory, its applications, benefits, and why it’s becoming a go-to option for many patients seeking relief from chronic pain. As always if you have any questions after this or think shockwave might help you please feel free to call Momentum Podiatry in Parkdale and one of our friendly podiatrists would be happy to help. 

How does Shockwave Therapy work?

Also known as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), utilizes high-energy sound waves to stimulate healing processes in the body. These sound waves are generated and delivered to the affected area using a specialized device. Shockwave therapy can be categorized into two types: focused shockwave therapy and radial shockwave therapy.

  • Focused ESWT: This type delivers a concentrated and precise energy level to a specific point within the body. 
  • Radial ESWT: Radial shockwave therapy, on the other hand, disperses energy over a wider area.It is commonly used for treating localized and widespread issues like tendonitis, small bone related injuries and trigger point pain. 

At Momentum Podiatry we use Radial Pressure Waves.

What conditions can shockwave help treat?

Shockwave therapy has shown remarkable success in treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, both acute and chronic. Some of the common conditions we treat at Momentum Podiatry with this therapy include:

  • Plantar Fasciitis: A painful condition involving inflammation of the thick band of tissue running across the bottom of the foot.
  • Tendonitis: Inflammation or irritation of a tendon, often caused by overuse or repetitive strain.
  • Patellar TenWhat conditions can shockwave help treat?donitis (Jumper’s Knee): An injury to the tendon connecting the kneecap to the shinbone, commonly affecting athletes and individuals engaging in jumping activities.
  • Shin Splints: Pain caused by overuse along the shinbone, the large front bone in the lower leg. Shin splints result when muscles, tendons and bone tissue become overworked.
  • Hip Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursa sacs, small fluid-filled cushions near the hip joint.
A podiatrist checking a patient's foot posture who has neuroma pain

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy shockwave therapy is mostly recommended for:

  1. Myofascial trigger points
  2. Activation of muscle and connective tissue
  3. Increasing circulation 
  4. Pulses vibration massage
  5. Disorder of tendon insertions
  6. Plantar Fasciitis, heel pain or heel spur related pain
  7. Achillodynia 
  8. Retropatellar Pain Syndrome
  9. Tibial Edge Syndrome
  10. Iliotibial band friction syndrome or trochanteric insertion tendinitis

Benefits of Shockwave Therapy

  • Non-Invasive: it is a non-surgical treatment, which means there are no incisions or anesthesia required. This significantly reduces the risk of complications and shortens recovery time.
  • Pain Relief: The therapy targets the root cause of pain by promoting natural tissue repair and regeneration, leading to long-lasting pain relief.
  • Faster Healing: it stimulates blood flow and cell growth, accelerating the healing process in damaged tissues.
  • Improved Functionality: Patients often experience improved joint flexibility and range of motion after undergoing shockwave therapy.
  • Minimizes Medication Dependency: By providing pain relief and promoting healing, this therapy can reduce the need for pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Cost-Effective: In comparison to surgical procedures, shockwave therapy offers a more affordable treatment option.

In conclusion...

Shockwave therapy has emerged as a game-changer in the field of musculoskeletal treatments. Its non-invasive nature, minimal side effects, and impressive success rates have made it a preferred choice for individuals seeking relief from chronic pain and mobility issues. As research and technology continue to advance, we can expect further refinement of this therapy and its applications in the future.

If you are experiencing persistent musculoskeletal pain, consider consulting a qualified healthcare professional to determine whether shockwave therapy is a suitable treatment option for your condition. Always prioritize your health and explore the possibilities that modern medicine offers to enhance your well-being.

Whilst shockwave therapy is a great tool, it’s not suitable for everybody. At Momentum Podiatry we will be able to do a full assessment and ensure all factors are considered, rehabilitation and offloading is applied where necessary to get you the best results and prevention for future injuries as well. 

You can also find out more about shockwave therapy and our other services here.

References: Envois

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