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
- 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.