High-Energy ESWT - Questions and Answers
What is ESWT?
ESWT (Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment) is a high-energy shock wave system that produces the same Energy that is produced when Jets breaks the sound barrier (pictured below), which provides a non-surgical alternative for patients diagnosed with chronic tendon related issues. proximal plantar fasciopathy, usually referred to as plantar fasciitis. This is a common non-invasive outpatient treatment as well as any other tendon, soft tissue, musculoskeletal issues that have become chronic.
Using a unique process known as Orthotripsy, the high-energy ESWT system produces shock waves (similar to those used to treat kidney stones) to increase blood flow and stimulate healing of the affected tendon, soft tissue, and/or any musculoskeletal issues that have become chronic.
What are the expected results?
Orthotripsy with ESWT has been proven to be effective over 90% of the time with only one treatment. Some patients report immediate pain relief after treatment, although pain relief may not begin for up to four weeks.
Is it safe?
Yes. Extensive clinical studies and tests have confirmed its safety and efficacy. Different units are now utilized for treatment. High-Energy ESWT is best (1) procedure modality, and is the best choice for your procedure.
Who should consider high-energy ESWT?
Treatment is recommended for patients who have had chronic tendon and/or musculoskeletal issues, from injury, stressed soft tissue ie, bruising or any type sprained ligaments for three months or more and who have tried at least three other conservative (non-surgical) therapies without success.
Who should not have high-energy ESWT?
High-energy ESWT is not recommended for anyone who is taking medications for bleeding problems or who has a history of bleeding or clotting problems. It is also not recommended for children and pregnant women.
What if you have a special health condition?
The safety and effectiveness of ESWT treatments have not yet been determined on people with the following health conditions: diabetic neuropathy, fracture of the foot or ankle, malignancies, metabolic disorders, osteomyelitis, osteoporosis, Paget’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, severe osteoarthritis, significant peripheral vascular disease, systemic infection, and tarsal tunnel syndrome or other nerve entrapment disorders. Your doctor will provide you with information about how these and other health conditions might affect the decision to perform the high-energy shock wave treatment.
What will happen on the day of treatment?
Your doctor will ask you to arrive at the hospital or surgery center a few hours before your scheduled treatment.
It is best to wear shorts or loose-fitting clothing that you can easily roll up to the knee of your affected leg. You may be asked to change into a hospital gown. The staff may take your temperature, pulse, and blood pressure and ask some questions about your general health. They will also request that you sign a consent form for the treatment and indicate which issues will be treated. The treatment can cause some discomfort or pain, so anesthesia is commonly given prior to the procedure.
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