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Foot Pain? Shockwave Therapy May Help

Shockwaves are acoustic waves that travel through the body at supersonic velocity. The physical force of Shockwave causes shedding of micro-vesicles from cell membranes without harming the cells.

These micro-vesicles contain nucleic acids as well as proteins and other molecules that activate neighboring cells—initiating intrinsic healing and repair mechanisms.

These mechanisms include the release of angiogenic growth factors, which leads to to vessel sprouting (angiogenesis) and the activation of stem cells, which in turn causes new vessel formation (vasculogenesis). At the same time, an increase of the metabolic activity of cells, proliferation and a positive, modulating effect on inflammation can be observed.

Shockwave initiates communication with and among cells, activating an intrinsic repair program within the tissue. This revolutionary cellular communication is the key to Shockwave’s unique medical efficacy without any relevant side effects.

At the core of Shockwave technology is a high energy discharge that promotes regeneration at the cellular level to kickstart repair of tendons, bones and other soft tissues resulting in the activation of healing. Results vary depending on each individual, but success rates are high and many patients see immediate improvement.

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How Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy Can Help You Heal

Los Angeles; Shockwave Therapy

Los Angeles; Shockwave TherapyRichard Wolf, one of the leading innovators in medical technology worldwide for more than 100 years, has developed a new pain therapy device for physiotherapy using trigger point shock wave therapy.

Since the 1990s, the use of extracorporeal shock waves has been used for the treatment of chronic pain. WellWave is primarily an ergonomic therapy source, which is referred to as a planar wave. The myofascial pain syndrome can be effectively treated with this powerful system of pain therapy:

 

  • Cervical spine
  • Upper extremities
  • Pectoral girdle
  • Hip region
  • Thoracic and lumbar spine
  • Lower extremities

Due to the wide range of applications of shock wave therapy,
any modern, progressive practice would
benefit from including the Well Wave.

These conditions can be treated by shock wave therapy:

  • Plantar Fasciitis / Heel Pain
  • Elbow pain ex. tennis or golfer’s elbow
  • Shoulder pain ex. shoulder calcifications
  • Achilles tendon pain
  • Patellar tendonitis ex. jumper’s knee or
  • Osgood-Schlatters disease
  • Trigger points/muscle tension
  • Chronic neck and back pain

Here are some shock wave facts

A shock wave is an audible sound wave with high energy. Medical professionals have been using them since around 1980, initially for disintegrating kidney stones, for instance. A shock wave generator transmits energy to the painful body regions, where healing capacity is subsequently stimulated.
Shock waves: how do they work?

Through the activation of the self-healing capabilities of the body, the healing process can be accelerated.
The shock waves promote new vessel formation, or “neovascularization,” in the damaged area, resulting in blood circulation and metabolism. Damaged tissue will regenerate and eventually heal as a result of neovascularization.

What are the potential side effects or complications?

The extracorporeal wave has almost no risks or negative effects. Patients may experience some mild discomfort for a few days in some circumstances. It’s similar to what you might feel after a full day of labor or an intense workout.

What are the benefits?

After only 3 to 5 treatments, many patients report feeling better. Although some say that pain relief begins immediately after the procedure and lasts up to 4 weeks, it may take up to 9 weeks for complete outcomes. The most significant healing time is 6 to 9 weeks, according to studies. This treatment eliminates pain while also restoring full mobility, thus helping with your quality of life.

What happens during the treatment?

The patient talks about where his/her pain is located. Then a gel is applied over the pain region so that is where the shock waves will generate. After that, the applicator will move in a circular motion over the gel for the rest of the treatment, which will take about 5-15 minutes but it depends on each patient’s pain. Lastly, the shock waves are transformed into sound energy once the kinetic energy hits the body’s immovable tissues.

Why should you consider ESWT?

ESWT has a proven track record of success that is comparable to or greater than that of traditional methods while avoiding the associated risks, complexities, and lengthy recovery periods. ESWT does not require an anesthetic, takes less time, patients can immediately weight bear after the treatment, and they may resume normal activities in as little as a few days.

Shockwave Therapy; Benefits

  • Doesn’t require anesthesia.
  • If the problem demands, patients can be treated on both sides at the same time.
  • Patients are immediately permitted to bear full weight on their own.
  • It’s safe, quick, and effective.
  • Patients show success after 12 weeks.
  • Increase function and decrease pain.
  • There is no incision; there is no risk of infection at the treatment site, and there is no scarring.
  • Future treatment options are not limited.
  • It is cost-effective.

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