Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive, relatively pain free, outpatient alternative to surgery for those suffering from many joint and tendon disorders. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) sends high-acoustic shockwaves into the bone or soft tissue, in effect re-injuring the area on a cellular level and breaking up the scarring that has penetrated tendons and ligaments. The controlled re-injuring of tissue allows the body to regenerate blood vessels and bone cells.
What Makes Shockwave Effective?
Shockwave is thought to work for three reasons:
Not For Use With These Conditions
× Anticoagulants (Marcumar)
× Diabetes w Polyneuropathy
× Acute Inflammations
× Presence of unfused growth plates
× Cortisone 6 weeks or less prior
Shockwave Therapy, in my opinion is going to revolutionize the world of medicine. After nine months suffering with an Achilles tendon injury, I finally admitted defeat! (No pun intended). I exhausted all my options including: icing, tension bandage, splint, shoes and stretching.
Currently, I have had five of the six treatments. There is a three month waiting period in which there could be more recovery. After my first session, I felt a definite improvement the next day. I would say I felt at least a 50% improvement. Each session thereafter, I gave it a cautiously optimistic rating of 10%. That means in three more months, I am expecting a “bionic” foot.
Before undergoing this treatment, I was in total agony. I had been limping from the pain, and it was beginning to affect my whole leg, because I was unable to move through a normal range of motion.
I need my feet so bad for my “athletic” intentions, so I am relieved to finally be able to use my feet without concentrating. I also can finally wear high heels. The sessions feel so good and relaxing, I could actually go to sleep, which would be a nice way to go to sleep every night.
I have always appreciated Dr. Russell and his technicians. Not only the shockwave sessions but every foot problem I have had in the past, Dr. Russell has been able to solve them!
After my second shockwave treatment, I then had to have a corn removed from my baby toe. My Achilles was so painful that I didn’t even notice how painful my toe was. So, obviously my Achilles pain had been somewhat relieved.
Now to work, run, hip hop and live is good again. This problem has been the hardest to overcome until I surrendered to the help of Dr. Russell and his new friend “Mr. Shockwave” machine. Now I must live happily ever after, pain free.