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Shockwave Therapy is a relatively new form of treatment in the fields of orthopedic and rehabilitation medicine. The first medical treatment developed was lithotripsy for kidney stones. Today, over 98% of all kidney stones are treated with this technology. The use of a modified Radial version of shockwaves to treat tendon related pain began in the early 1990s.
Therapeutic Radial Shockwaves are simply controlled pressure waves that are created when a projectile is accelerated and then impacted against a stop-plate inside a specially-designed hand-piece. This creates a pressure wave similar to a sonic boom from a jet that can penetrate into the body.
Shockwaves cause a controlled impact on the tissue. The result is a biological reaction inside the cells which causes an increase in blood circulation and triggers the body to accelerate its natural healing processes.
Clinical research has been ongoing for decades and the published data clearly shows that Radial Shockwave Therapy is a highly effective treatment option for many musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. There is an immediate reduction of pain and improved ease of movement. Shockwave Therapy may even eliminate the need for invasive surgery.
Shockwave therapy is used to treat many difficult orthopedic conditions, including:
Unlike many other forms of therapy, Radial Shockwave Therapy generates virtually immediate positive results. Even after just one treatment, patients usually report;
Individual Shockwave Therapy treatments usually involve delivering about 2,000 “shots” per treatment area. This takes about 5 minutes. Most conditions require about 6 treatments in total. Normally the treatment protocol recommends between 1 and 3 treatments per week. The patient’s body requires “rest & repair” time between treatments in order to allow for natural, accelerated healing.
Yes. All studies done to date show that when Shockwave Therapy is used for the appropriate conditions there are no negative health effects. However, there are certain conditions where is not recommended. These include coagulation disorders, therapy over cancerous regions or tumors, over cemented implants, children in a growth stage and pregnancy.
If the treatment is on a “fleshy” area, patients are not likely to feel any pain at all. Treatments on “boney” regions tend to be more sensitive. The first treatment may be uncomfortable but most patients find it tolerable. As the body heals, successive treatments become easier.
If the patient is especially sensitive, adjustments to the frequency of shots (Hz) or impact power (mJ) on the Shockwave therapy machine can decrease discomfort.
The Zimmer enPuls shockwave devices deliver a patented “Soft Shot” pulse which is much less likely to cause discomfort during treatment. They deliver the same force but over slightly more microseconds. This creates less of the stinging or slapping effect produced by some other units.