Do you understand shockwaves? ESWT Treatment – Still on the Mark.
The treatment makes use of the unique characteristic of shockwaves.
Unlike ultrasound which has a sinusoidal waveform, shockwaves have high pressure amplitudes with very quick rise times and a frequency ranging from the audible to the far ultrasonic level.
The intense changes in pressure produce strong waves of compression and tensile forces that can travel through any elastic medium such as water.
The repetition of the shockwaves stimulates the tissue of the tendon which produces a response by neovascularization and cell proliferation, amongst other responses. The inflammation then slowly subsides after a period of weeks post treatment.
More than 70% of patients undertaking ESWT for plantar fasciitis and other tendon problems respond well to Extracorporeal shockwave treatment.
ESWT is proving that it is a safe and beneficial, non-invasive treatment for patients with chronic plantar fasciitis and other forms of tendonitis such as Trochanteric bursitis, Achilles tendonitis, and calcific and non- calcific tendonitis. Now in its 18th year, Queensland Lithotripsy Services still offers the only dedicated ultrasound guided treatment in Qld.