Shockwave Therapy or Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) has been in practice for over two decades now. It’s a non-invasive surgical method that is often used to provide quick relief for injuries sustained during intensive physical exercise.
The method is actually quite popular with athletes to help them with minor injuries and discomfort from over exertion and overuse.
What is ESWT?
Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy is actually used in urology to remove kidney stones through a process called lithotripsy but it’s been observed to be useful in the treatment of tendonitis and similar conditions.
The process involves the creation of underwater waves through an electrode spark which are then focused through a directional apparatus to treat muscle stiffness and soreness in athletes. When focused towards the affected area, these shockwaves can stimulate the tissue to fully treat it.
What Can ESWT Be Used to Treat?
Research conducted on the effectiveness of ESWT point it out as a relatively harmless procedure that has high success rates and minimal risk of complications. It can be used to treat the following conditions:
The condition is characterized by calcification of tendons which can cause stiffness and discomfort when you move.
This calcification occurs when calcium deposits begin accumulating on the tendon which makes them difficult to move. Before someone can begin rehabilitation from the condition, the calcium deposits need to be fully removed from the tendon.
These shockwaves can create vibrations that make the calcium crumble and allow people to move around like before.
Plantar Fasciitis is also a fairly common medical condition that results from overexertion and overuse of the heel. The constant impact of the heel with the ground, can damage the heel bone or create uncomfortable inflammation which many athletes suffer from.
The use of ESWT can stimulate the affected area to reduce inflammation and the discomfort felt as part of the condition.
Achilles Tendinopathy is a condition characterized by inflammation and swelling of the ligaments running down your leg to the back of your heel. The symptoms of the condition can make it difficult to move and are relatively harmless beyond the discomfort these cause.
Usually doctors prescribe rest for the treatment of the condition; however ESWT offers a very convenient way of resolving the problem. With regular treatments, it’s been observed that the condition improves the health of these ligaments to reduce further risk as well.
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