By: Nima Rajan
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, (or ESWT), is a new technology using shockwaves to treat chronic, painful conditions of the musculoskeletal system. It is an innovative, non-invasive treatment involving high frequency, short duration, bursts of high-energy pulses that are transmitted into the injured tissues. These extracorporeal shockwaves can travel faster than the speed of sound.
The high intensity acoustic waves are transmitted through the surface of the skin and are spread radially into the body and the body responds with increased metabolic activity around the area of the pain. This stimulates and accelerates the healing process and is especially useful for those suffering from chronic heel, shoulder, knee, Achilles, and elbow pain. Research has also shown that shockwaves also break down calcium deposits.
ESWT works in two ways to speed up healing. First the impact of the repeated shockwaves can stimulate new blood flow into the area promoting tissue healing. The second is that in chronic pain, the brain gets ‘used to’ the pain and does nothing to heal that particular area. In applying shockwave therapy a new inflammatory process is created which kick starts the brain’s healing process of sending the necessary body nutrients to the area.
Most patients experience a decrease or complete absence of pain immediately after the treatment. Long-term pain relief and tissue healing can be expected after only a short number of treatments, and in many cases long-standing, chronic conditions are drastically improved. To find out more or book an appointment, give us a call at 905.488.1223.