Shock Wave Therapy
Shock wave therapy – behind this very catchy name and high technology, there is in fact a very simple non-invasive and non-surgical method which accelerates the healing, regeneration and reparation processes of fibrous and muscle bone system in the human body. If you are diagnosed with one of the following:
- Plantar fasciitis, plantar fascia inflammation
- Achilles tendon inflammation
- Jumper’s knee
- Pain in the posterior upper leg bone muscle attachment
- Painful shoulder (calcification, bursitis, tendinitis, impingement syndrome)
- Tennis and golf elbow (epicondylitis)
- Inflammation of tendons in the fist and foot
- Tibial stress fracture
Shock wave therapy procedure lasts for approximately five minutes. The patient is lying down, relaxed, and once the most painful spot is localized, the application starts. Patients feel vibrations and pleasant pounding which is first applied to the surrounding muscle tissue in order to increase the local circulation which also relieves pain. Finally, the painful spot is treated. After shock wave therapy, a deep penetration laser is applied to the same spot as an obligatory accompanying method. Recent studies conducted worldwide recommend a combination of shock wave therapy and classic physical therapy methods such as: ultrasound, electrotherapy, magnet therapy, and cryotherapy.
Three to five shock wave therapies need to be done with five days intervals.
Shock wave therapy uses sound waves which transmit a lot of energy through large positive and small negative pressure into muscle tissues which are in acute, subacute or chronic painful conditions. It is efficient even at the depth of four to seven cm where it is difficult to reach using other methods.
The equipment is set to a determined default frequency and the number of beats depends on the diagnosis. There is no variation between each application.
However, there are some contraindications which need to be listed:
Infection in the treated area, thrombosis, thrombophlebitis, tumor in the treated area, pregnancy and heart stimulator.
Our experience regarding shock wave therapy in almost two years that we have been applying it is that it is a fast and effective method for solving the abovementioned painful conditions. It should be pointed out that the sooner you start this therapy after being diagnosed, the faster your recovery will be. Thus, do not hesitate and come to our centre right away.