Shockwave therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), is a clinically proven and highly effective treatment for chronic soft tissue injuries and certain bone conditions.
An extracorporeal shockwave is defined as a non-evasive, non-electrical high energy sound wave that passes through the body via a hand-held probe. The shock waves produce a rapid increase in blood circulation to the target area and will break down fibrous scar tissue which builds up over time, especially with chronic conditions.
What is Scar Tissue and How to Release it with the Shock Wave Therapy?
The break-down of scar tissue is the key to why shock wave therapy is so effective.
Unlike normal elasticated tissue, scar tissue is non-elastic and will prevent normal movement and function, thereby weakening the unaffected tissue surrounding it, often causing further damage and pain. By increasing circulation and breaking down scar tissue, shockwave therapy will stimulate cell regeneration and promote normal healing and rapid reduction of pain. The normal function can then be restored.
What does Shockwave Therapy treat?
Pain in the muscle, tendon and its insertions typically occur due to repetitive or prolonged activities placing strain on a particular muscle and tendon. Through the process of neovascularization, Shockwave therapy encourages more blood flow to the area and hence faster healing without the need for addictive pain medication.
Shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome) is an inflammation of the muscles, tendons, and bone tissue around your tibia. Pain typically occurs along the inner border of the tibia, where muscles attach to the bone.
How successful is Shockwave Therapy?
After only 3 to 5 treatments with shockwave therapy, over 80% of patients report a reduction of pain and regaining of normal function.
Research is steadily growing for this cutting-edge technology, and the latest reports are confirming shockwave therapy is an effective treatment of soft tissue injuries, pain and certain bony conditions like heel spurs.
To achieve long-lasting result, the patient has to learn specific exercise program based on the first consultation and exam, so we highly recommend the physical therapy session followed by the shock wave therapy.
What can I expect during my consultation?
At your first visit, you will meet our physical therapy doctor, who will discuss your symptoms and condition, followed by treatment of the area of pain or injury.
Shockwave therapy will be fully explained and treatment will commence. Shockwave treatment typically lasts for 10 minutes. This is followed by relevant hands-on manual therapy, and customized exercise program or sending the video exercise program depending on the treatment option.
Should your PT doctor feel shockwave is not appropriate for your condition, this will be explained and a normal consultation fee will be made.
There are no known side effects of shockwave therapy. Most patients experience a reduction in their pain. Occasionally, a mild diffuse pain can be experienced within a few hours of treatment and which may last 24 hours.
New Blood Vessel formation
Stimulate Collagen Production
Dissolution of calcified fibroblast
Trigger Point Release effect
TOUCH OF LIFE PHYSICAL THERAPY SHOCK WAVE THERAPY PROGRAM
OPTION 1: SHOCK WAVE THERAPY + EXERCISE PROGRAM GUIDE (Sending Customized Video Exercise Program)