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New Treatment for Pain - Shockwave Therapy

posted May 27, 2014, 1:34 AM by Rebecca Smith
Difference Physiotherapy has purchased the a Shock Wave machine, which is the latest technology in the treatment of tendinitis. This therapy is getting amazing results in our patients and seeing reduction in pain and accelerated healing.

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, (ESWT or Shockwave Therapy), is a new technology using 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. 

Applications in physiotherapy are mostly associated with the treatment of chronic muscular and tendon disorders, back and cervical pain and trigger points treatment. Compared to conventional manual and instrumental therapy, SWT is extremelly effective, shortens the treatment period and brings better results in long time follow-up. 

Most common indications include: 
  • painful shoulder 
  • epicondylitis 
  • low back pain 
  • achilles tendon pain 
  • patellar tendonitis 
  • planter faciitis
  • trigger points treatment 

Other effects of Shockwave therapy
  • Accelerated tissue repair and cell growth
  • Ingrowth of  Neovascularization
  • Reversal of Chronic Inflammation
  • Stimulation of Collagen

Pain Relief and mobility restoration
  • Dispersion of Pain Mediator “Substance P“
  • Dissolving of Calcified Fibroblasts
  • Release of Trigger Points