RestorePDX is committed to offering state-of-the-art, non-surgical techniques to treat chronic pain triggered by musculoskeletal conditions. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is one such option, and we are very excited to offer this advanced treatment for patients who are looking for solutions that can help them reduce acute and chronic pain. Our skilled Sports Medicine Specialist, Dr. Brice Blatz, is extensively trained and experienced in the use of ESWT and will be happy to meet with you to discuss whether this innovative treatment is right for your needs.
- What Is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)?
- What Conditions Can Shock Wave Therapy Treat?
- What Happens During Shock Wave Therapy?
- Is There a Recovery Process After Shock Wave Therapy?
What Is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)?
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy is an innovative procedure designed to help reduce acute and chronic pain emanating from certain musculoskeletal conditions. The word extracorporeal means “outside the body.” Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, commonly referred to as ESWT, describes a treatment that is completely non-surgical and evidence-based. The ESWT device is placed on top of the skin, where it will deliver controlled Shock Waves into the cells of inflamed nerves in order to hinder pain pathways in these areas. The goal of this technique is to help the areas heal themselves naturally by restoring healthy nerve functionality and stimulating the growth of new blood vessels, ultimately reducing pain.
What Conditions Can Shock Wave Therapy Treat?
For ideal candidates, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy can be very helpful in the treatment of a range of common musculoskeletal conditions. This technique may be an effective option on its own, or in combination with other treatment modalities for concerns such as:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Patellar Tendonitis
- Shoulder Tendonitis
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfers Elbow
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Orthopedic injuries
- Stress fractures
- Acute muscle strains and tears
- Certain types of elbow and knee joint conditions
The list above describes only some of the many conditions for which ESWT may be a viable option. Our doctor can evaluate your needs in a consultation and talk with you about whether ESWT offers an ideal solution for your condition. If you are a good candidate for this procedure, we will develop a customized treatment plan designed to help you reduce chronic pain and improve your livelihood.
What Happens During Shock Wave Therapy?
ESWT procedures involve the placement of a non-invasive probe on the skin of the area being treated. The probe will deliver waves of energy into the area that’s causing pain. In many cases, no anesthetic will be necessary during this procedure. Depending on the size and number of areas being treated, Shock Wave therapy can often be completed in less than 30 minutes right here at our practice.
Is There a Recovery Process After Shock Wave Therapy?
While some patients may experience temporary bruising or soreness in the treatment area, these effects typically resolve quickly. Most individuals do not need a period of downtime following treatment. Our doctor will provide you with a detailed post-treatment guideline so you will know what to expect.
Successful ESWT procedures result in the body producing new tissue cells and restoration of healthy nerve function, which should take place gradually over the next several weeks. A series of ESWT treatments is usually necessary for patients to achieve the best possible results.
Would you like to learn more about Shock Wave therapy for acute and/or chronic pain triggered by musculoskeletal conditions? Please contact RestorePDX for additional information, or to schedule a consultation.