ESWT SHOCKWAVE THERAPY FOR CARE OF ORTHOPAEDIC DISEASES AND CHRONIC PAIN CONDITIONS

ESWT works in the same way as machines that have already been used for several years to crush kidney stones. The ESWT machine directs an electrohydraulic energy impulse (shockwave) towards a specific point in the tissue under the skin.

Treatment can be administered for a number of chronic diseases including:

  • tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
  • plantar fasciitis or “heel spur”
  • calcification or pain in the shoulder-joint
  • bursitis
  • jumper’s knee or equivalent pain in tendon attachments
  • poorly ossified fractures

Other possible diagnoses where ESWT may be indicated is e.g. local osteoarthritis (the big toe joint, the thumb joint, one-sided knee osteoarthritis), shoulder impingement syndrome as well as some pain conditions on the achilles tendon.

During treatment approximately 3,000 impulses/shocks are given and the total treatment time is about 40 minutes. The number of treatments depends on the response but is limited to a maximum of five.

Usually, 2-3 treatments are sufficient to calm the symptoms. The treatments are repeated every two weeks. The patient can go home straight after the treatment; no rest is necessary.

THE DOCTOR GIVES A RECOMMENDATION FOR ESWT SHOCKWAVE Therapy

Shockwave therapy is administered only after other conservative treatment methods have been tested. In some favourable cases, several cortisone injection and especially in chronic diseases, very risky surgery care can be avoided with the aid of shockwave therapy.

You therefore seek shockwave therapy primarily via a clinical examination and recommendation from an orthopaedic specialist, hand surgeon or rehabilitation specialist.

However, we accept patients who have been referred by a general practitioner or occupational health physician. The therapy is administered by a physiotherapist trained in using the equipment but in cases where local anaesthetic is requested it will always be administered by a specialist.

CLEAR CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR SHOCKWAVE THERAPY INCLUDE:

  • bacterial infection of the area that requires treatment
  • tumour in the area that requires treatment
  • tendency to bleed
  • pacemaker
  • metal in the tissues in the area being treated or surrounding tissues

We are also careful with providing care in the following cases:

  • in the case of rubber allergy (latex)
  • if the patient is pregnant

We do not know of any other proven contraindications, but at this stage we do not recommend treating adolescents.

Physiotherapists at Eira Hospital who do ESWT therapy
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Puotiniemi Tuomas
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Eira Medical Centre
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ESWT Shockwave Therapy / time 226 €
An administrative fee of 3,40 € is added for each visit.