Here, at The Foot & Ankle Clinic, we take pride in offering some of the latest advancements in medicine. Shockwave therapy, or EPAT, is one of the latest advancements in non-surgical treatments to alleviate painful soft tissue conditions. Some if the indications for shockwave therapy include:
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Scar tissue
- Jumper’s knee
- Tennis elbow
- Shin splints
- Plantar fasciitis/heel spur
- Shoulder pain
- Posterior tibial tendonitis
- Calcific rotator cuff tendonitis
Benefits of shockwave therapy include:
- Increased bloodflow
- No downtime
- No anesthesia
- No painful injections
- No toxic oral pills/medications
- Quick and painless procedure less than 10 min
- Stimulates healing cascade to repair tissue
Clinical Success Rate and Effectiveness:
There have been more than 300 articles published on Shockwave Therapy, including 10 double-blinded, randomized, controlled trials. The evidence for the use of Shockwave Therapy is overwhelming.
Recent clinical studies suggest there is an 80% – 85% chance this technology will improve your condition provided you are a good candidate for Shockwave treatment
- 91% IMPROVEMENT FOR CALCIFIC TENDINITIS
- 83% IMPROVEMENT FOR CALCIFIC TENDINITIS OF THE SHOULDER
- 77% IMPROVEMENT FOR TENNIS ELBOW
- 76% IMPROVEMENT FOR ACHILLES TENDINOPATHY
- 90% IMPROVEMENT FOR PLANTAR FASCIITIS
- 80% IMPROVEMENT FOR RADIAL AND ULNAR HUMERAL EPICONDYLITIS
- 88% IMPROVEMENT FOR PATELLAR TENDINITIS/ ACHILLODYNIA
- 80% IMPROVEMENT FOR MYOFASCIAL TRIGGER POINTS
All of this sounds great, but What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a safe, non-invasive, alternative to surgery for those suffering from many joint and tendon disorders.
A shockwave is a “high powered sound wave”. Shockwave Therapy sends acoustic shockwaves into bone or soft tissue, in effect re-injuring the area on a cellular level and breaking up the scarring that has penetrated tendons and ligaments. The controlled re-injuring of tissue allows the body to regenerate blood vessels and bone cells. The resulting re-vascularization leads to faster healing, a chemically induced decrease in pain and sensitivity of pain receptors, and often a return to pre-injury activity levels.