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Shock Wave

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy

Chronic, irritating pain on structures such as ligaments and tendons are caused by degeneration and overuse.  The consequences are pain, insomnia, lost work time, a reduced quality of life and decreased participation in your favorite activities. With some conditions, classic, conservative treatment methods are ineffective. For a long time we have understood that it is better to invest in a pain treatment method that is fast and non-invasive  with lasting results.

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, (or ESWT), uses shockwaves to treat chronic, painful conditions of the musculoskeletal system.  A shockwave is an intense, but very short energy wave traveling faster than the speed of sound.  The word "Extra-corporeal" means "outside the body" and refers to the fact that the shockwaves are generated outside the body.

Shock Wave is Often used to treat:

* Shoulder Tendonitis & Calcific Tendinopathy - painful restrictions in shoulder movement

* Epicondylitis (tennis elbow) -  inflammation of forearm tendons at the elbow

* Plantar Fasciitis (heel spur) - most often chronic pain under the heel

* Achilles Tendonitis - inflammation of the achilles tendon

* Patellar Tendonitis:  pain below to the knee cap

How many Treatments?

Normally 3 treatments are necessary, with a 1 week interval between treatments. Each individual treatment lasts approximately 5 to 10 minutes. In most cases, after each individual treatment, there is  a significant decrease in pain.  A physiotherapist will provide advice and guidance for exercise  progression following treatment.

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