Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)

“You’ve tried the drugs and injections , and they didn’t work. You wonder whether there is any other cure besides surgery, for your annoying elbow pain or heel pain. You don’t want a surgery and your doctor just keeps prescribing higher doses of the same medicine. Want to get off the drug treadmill completely and discover a treatment that attacks the causes of tennis elbow and plantar fasciitis, not just the symptoms.

Development of the Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy as a medical application was originally developed as a means of pulverising kidney stones. Since 1989, it has also been employed with considerable success at university clinics to treat non or poorly healing bone fractures.

Since 1961, “Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)” has been employed as an alternative to surgery in treating calcified shoulders and other aches and pains of the bones and tendons.
The current range of application in the orthopaedic area mainly involved:

How does Shockwave Therapy works?

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)

The shockwave therapy equipment generates high energy sound waves, which are transmitted to the body through a plastic membrane. The shockwave first pass through the skin and the layers of tissue underneath. They only become effective in the area at which the doctor has set the penetration depth.

What can I expect after the Shockwave Therapy?

  • Dispersing of calcium deposits
  • Stimulation of the healing process of the body (e.g. in the case of tennis elbow)
  • Stimulation of bone growth (case of pseudarthosis)

How does Shockwave Therapy carry out?

Shockwave therapy is carried out as an out-patient basis and is mostly administered under local anaesthetic. The treatment is completed at a single session or in a course of several sessions. Using our shockwave equipment, treatment generally involves one or a recommended of three session carried out at intervals of several weeks.

Depending on your condition, our doctor will decide the number and strength of the shockwave administered. The duration of the treatment for each session is 10 to 20 minutes.

What is the Success Rate of the Shockwave Therapy?

The therapy described here has been employed successfully in over 70% cases. Recovery from the aches and pains being treated generally starts to occur after only a few days. In individual cases it can sometimes take several weeks before recovery commences. The therapy sessions may be repeated in some cases to ensure that the treatment has been successful.
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