Use Shockwave Therapy To Treat Conditions Like Tendinitis
Shockwave therapy shoots ultrasound or mechanically generated shockwaves at injured tissue, and is used to treat tendinitis and related injuries. Medical literature currently reports anywhere from 7090% improvements when shockwave therapy is used to treat the conditions listed below.
Conditions Where Shockwave Therapy is Effective Include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Injuries
- Tennis Elbow
- Jumpers Knee
- Stress Fractures
- Calcific Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
It also appears to have a role in treating stubborn Bursitis, Trigger Points, Non Healing Ulcers, Non Unions, Morton's Neuromas, Scar Tissue Treatment and early Hallux Rigidus (stiff first toe).
When to Try Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave can be a first or second line treatment, and continues to establish itselfas a last resort before surgery in many of these conditions. Angiogenesis (new blood vessel formation) in the injured tissue, documented with good research, is thought to be a significant contributor to healing. A typical treatment cycle requires three shockwave therapy sessions of 2000 shocks each, done one week apart. Local anaesthesia is not required for most patients. Many insurance companies will offer coverage for shockwave therapy.
Benefits of Shockwave Therapy
- Non surgical treatment
- No side effects
- Accelerates healing
- Coverage available from many insurance companies
Success Rates For Shockwave Therapy
- 91% improvement for Calcific Tendinitis ( Journal of American MedicalAssociation 2003)
- 77% improvement for Tennis Elbow ( The Journal of Orthopedics' 2005)
- 90% improvement for Plantar Fasciitis ( Journal of Orthopedic Research2005)
- New medical advances show promising results in promoting the recovery of nonhealing ulcers
Interested in trying Shockwave Therapy to treat one of the conditions above? SEMI's trained sports medicine professionals can help. Contact us to set up an appointment or consultation.
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