Therefore, since 2010 we have acquired a shock wave and pressure wave therapy device for providing an even better and broader treatment.
Shock waves (ESWT-Extra Corporal Shock Wave Therapy) and Pressure waves (RPWT – Radial Pressure Wave Therapy) are two acoustic energy forms. The energy, pressure – and the wave form that the two techniques provide are physically very different. This means that the waveforms have different effects in the body depending on the tissue being treated.
Research shows that the effect of shock waves is very effective. The result is that the tissue improves and heals clearly faster than what is normally known in medical research.
The story of ESWT.
Since 1960, shock waves have been used to fragment the limestoneformations in body tissues. Since 1980 it was used to treat kidney stones with success. Clinical research has since then developed other treatment options for ESWT. Today the technique is great success in a wide range of treatments. More and new clinical research will widen the treatment options of ESWT.
What is the difference between shock and pressure waves?
Shock waves (ESWT):
- Focus on a specific depths and a specific intensity in the tissue.
- It can reach the depth of 8.5 cm.
- Have a local influence.
- Affects blood vessels by increasing blood flow.
- Increased metabolism.
- Can affect stem cells.
- Can dissolve limestone formation in muscle, bursae, joints, etc.
- Can stop the inflammation of the tissues in joint and joint capsule, etc.
Pressure Waves (RPWT):
- Are a radial waveform that spread to a depth up to 3.5 cm.
- Have a local influence:.
- Can redistribute liquids in the treated tissue.
- Increases the disposal of the waste products of cellular metabolism.
- Provides effective massage of the muscle cells and increases blood flow.
Course of treatment:
As always, a thorough examination for a successful outcome. (See chapter “physical therapy examination”)
After the examination is performed, pressure and or shockwave treatment is administrated when indicated. The shock waves are applied in different depths and with different amounts of energy and intensity (mJ / mm ) necessary to achieve the desired result. Pressure waves are used most often as a follow-up to the shock wave treatment and for muscle treatment.
The treatment itself is perceived in different ways but usually there are no side effects. Most often you will already after the first treatment feel a significant improvement in both movement function and decreased pain.
It is advised to drink extra water since waste products are released and transported away. An increased fluid intake helps to balance the natural conditions.
The treatment has no proven side effects.
Here are some examples of disorders that can be treated with shock-pressure waves:
- Osteoarthritis, gout, joint deterioration.
- Muscle inflammation.
- Pain, adherence of scar tissue.
- Muscle knots, trigger points.
- Impaired blood circulation in the legs.
- Tendosis, tendinitis.
- Epicondilitis (Tennis elbow, golf elbow, mouse arm).
- Jumpers knee, runners knee.
- Akillestendinitis, plantar fasciitis.
- Heel spurs.
- Mortons neuroma.
- CPPS (Chronic Pelvis Pain Syndrome).
Beneficial effects of the shock-pressure wave treatment:
Improves joint cartilage, improves wound healing.
If your problem is not among the listed diagnoses contact us for more information.