Posted by Dynamic Physiotherapy
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a form of physiotherapy that uses soundwaves to stimulate healing in the musculoskeletal system. It is used to treat chronic and acute pain without the need for painkillers or surgery. Shockwave therapy is something you might want to consider if you suffer from pain (especially in certain areas).
Here are some reasons why you might need shockwave therapy.
Your condition is treatable using shockwave therapy
There are certain conditions that have responded positively to shockwave treatment. Patients suffering from plantar fasciitis and heel spurs have experienced good results from this treatment. Your doctor/physiotherapist will be able to advise you on whether shockwave therapy is appropriate for your condition.
Other treatments have failed
If you have tried simpler and less expensive forms of treatment with little improvement, then shockwave therapy might be something to consider. Keep in mind that these other forms of treatment may take time, so you should only discount them if you have been undergoing them consistently for a long time with no improvement.
Surgery or other invasive treatments are the only alternatives
Some conditions are considered to be serious enough to require surgery, but surgery itself comes with its own risks and inconveniences. There is a long recovery process and the surgery itself is not guaranteed to be successful. In any case, patients are often daunted by the prospect of surgery or any other invasive procedure and will be inclined to avoid it if possible. Shockwave therapy provides a viable alternative for patients who wish to avoid surgery.
It has proven to be effective
Many independent studies have shown shockwave therapy to be highly effective. They generally point to a success rate between 60-90 percent. Chances are you will get a positive result with this form of therapy. It treats pain very quickly and effectively.
It is safe
In addition to being non-invasive, shockwave therapy is safe. There are no serious side effects. You will feel pain after the procedure, but that is due to the stimulation of the body’s natural healing process. The pain usually doesn’t last beyond 24 hours and during that time you should avoid rigorous activity.
As with all treatments, you should consult your doctor before undergoing shockwave therapy, and inform the physiotherapist of all your conditions before scheduling a treatment. But if you’re interested in finding out whether you’re a good candidate for the treatment, don’t hesitate to talk to one of our qualified staff for a consultation.