Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)
Nonsurgical Treatment of Chronic Soft Tissue Pain
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) technology is FDA cleared to treat chronic plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. It has proven to increase the rate of healing thus decreases pain for soft tissue conditions of the foot and ankle. It is a non-invasive and highly effective treatment that enhances circulation accelerating the healing process.
How Does it Work?
When you experience chronic pain, your body no longer recognizes that there is an injury to that area. Therefore, it shuts down the healing process and causes pain. The shock waves penetrate deep through your skin targeting the soft tissue, causing a micotrauma to stimulate the healing cycle to provide you relief.
How Many Treatments are Required?
Most patients feel relief after 3 treatments. Maximal results are seen at 4-6 weeks. Each treatment takes about 5 minutes and are performed weekly. Nerve blocks are not required, and there is no downtime compared to surgery. Patients are able to return to work immediately.
Cost of Treatment
Although ESWT is FDA cleared to treat painful foot and ankle conditions, it is not covered by insurance. The doctor will evaluate, diagnose and determine if ESWT therapy will be right for you. The office evaluation is covered by most insurances.
Consider the cost benefits of a nonsurgical therapy that takes only 5 minutes to perform versus the downtime needed and income loss for surgery. Studies have shown that ESWT provides comparable results to surgery.
Who is Not Eligible for ESWT?
Treatment is not recommended if you are on a blood thinner, pregnant or have a malignancy. You must be 18 years or older and be evaluated by the doctor for a diagnosis.
You should stop any anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, aspirin, other NSAIDS) 1 week prior to treatment and 4 weeks after the last treatment. ESWT re-activates inflammation, which is essential to the healing process.