Common Conditions That Can Be Treated With ESWT
- Patellar tendinopathy
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Plantar fasciitis / Heel pain
- Muscle tension due to painful muscular nodules
- Painful shoulder
- Tennis elbow
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive, highly safe treatment for chronic musculoskeletal pain. It is widely used as part of the treatment for people with chronic shoulders, back, lower limb and foot pain due to its high success in eliminating pain.
This advance technology delivers high-energy sound waves to your painful spots, interacting with the soft tissue to promote an optimal environment for healing and eliminate pain. The shock waves stimulate both metabolism and blood circulation therefore accelerating the body’s own healing processes. Clinical studies have shown >70% success rate even in cases that do not respond to traditional treatment.
There may be slight discomfort during treatment, depending on the level of pain that you already have in the area. Most patients find the discomfort tolerable and the intensity of the treatment can be adjusted based on patient’s feedback throughout the session.
The number of sessions depends on the indication and response to the treatment. The effect is cumulative, and usually takes more than one session. In general, it takes about 3-5 sessions, each session 3-10 days apart.
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive and highly effective treatment with minimal risk and side effects when performed by qualified practitioner. After 1-2 sessions, many patients complete pain relief or significant pain reduction. Some may experience soreness over the area for 2-4hours after treatment but that is expected to go away.
Patients who are pregnant, have a pacemaker, on oral anti-coagulant or have blood clotting disorder, or have cancer at the treatment area are not suitable for ESWT. Your Podiatrist will also assess for you and advise on your suitability for the treatment.