Shock-wave therapy (SWT) — is a physiotherapeutic treatment using a shock wave. To date, the method has proved itself as one of the most effective ways to treat diseases of the musculoskeletal system and is most often used to treat patients with diseases of the spine and joints.
Due to the pulse of shock waves, pain is reduced or completely eliminated and motion is restored in joints, thus, the patient returns to his usual professional or domestic activities.
The positive effect is seen immediately after the first procedure conducted and increases exponentially during the course of treatment. The level of efficiency of the method is 80% to 90% worldwide.
Treatment effects of shock-wave therapy:
- analgesic effect that is felt from the very first treatment, and lasts a few hours at first, but after a few sessions — completely eliminates the pain;
- improves blood circulation and lymph flow in tissues, which normalizes metabolism and helps to eliminate the products of inflammation;
- activates regenerative processes, causes tissue renewal and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels – microvessels;
- restores the structure and elasticity of ligaments, muscles and other tissues;
- disintegrates and eliminates “salt deposits” and fibrotic lesions;
The course of treatment by shock-wave therapy, as a rule, consists of 4-6 sessions of 15-30 minutes each session. The procedure is carried out 1 time for 3-7 days. The treatment is outpatient and does not require hospitalization.
It should be noted that treatment with shock-wave therapy may be accompanied by a slight discomfort. The degree of sensation depends on the individual threshold of pain sensitivity. Any discomfort should be reported to the doctor, who can always adjust the intensity of treatment at the beginning of each session.
Indications for use of shock-wave therapy:
- Pain in the back and joints;
- Osteochondrosis and herniated intervertebral discs;
- Arthrosis and arthritis of various nature and localization;
- Diseases of tendons and ligaments;
- Consequences of various injuries;
- Muscle pain;
- Heel spur;
- Shoulder periarthritis — a disease of the periarticular soft tissues of the shoulder joint;
- Lateral epicondylitis, inflammation of head of the radius bone (Tennis elbow);
- Greater trochanteric pain syndrome — disease of the capsule and tendon of the hip joint;
- Achillodynie — Achilles tendon tenderness and its inflammation;
- Plantar fasciitis;
- «Bones» in the foot area;
Contraindications for shock-wave therapy are pregnancy, the presence of a pacemaker in the patient, violation of blood coagulability, acute infections, oncology.