Shock Wave Therapy

What is Shock Wave Therapy?

Shock wave therapy not just for heel pain or plantar fasciitis, but its for the best results.

Shock wave therapy a medical device generating a high-energy acoustic pulse transmitted into the tissue of the chronically affected area of the body. Each Shock wave treatment works to increase the metabolic activity around the site of injured tissue which otherwise would remain painful. This medical technology stimulates the body’s natural healing process, thus reducing pain and promoting the reabsorption of irritative calcium deposits or scar tissue in tendons and fibrous muscle.
In pain management, shock wave is usually applied in 4-5 treatment sessions, each 5 to 6 days apart, some patients may require more and closer sessions depending on the level of calcium scaring

Approximately 80% of our patients report a substantial improvement after the second treatment which has taken decades of research and practice.

The most common injuries that Dr. Sempka treats with Shock Wave therapy include:

  • Plantar fasciitis (acute heel/arch pain)
  • Plantar fasciosis (chronic long term heel spur pain)
  • Plantar fibromatosis or fibromas
  • Dupuytren or Ledderhose disease
  • Achilles tendinosis
  • Haglunds deformity
  • Ankle pain (sprained ankles)

How does Shockwave work?

As medical professionals we know that C nerve fibres are responsible for transmitting pain in the body. They release a specific substance known as substance P. This substance is responsible for causing slight discomfort during and after shock wave treatment. However, with prolonged activation, C nerve fibres become incapable, for some time, of releasing substance P and causing pain. Less substance P in the tissue leads to reduced pain and a reduction on neurogenic inflammation. A decline in neurogenic inflammation may in turn promote healing through the release of growth factors and the activation of stem cells in the treated tissue. In the treatment of tendinopathy it is thought that the energy delivered via Radial Shock Wave Therapy results in an increase in the diffusion of substances called cytokines across vessel walls into the pain-generating region. This results in the resolution of the tendinopathy via the stimulation of angiogenesis (development of new bloods vessels) and the healing process.

What are the risks with shock wave therapy?

  • Some pain and discomfort during and after treatment (an anesthetic is not required)
  • Reddening of the skin
  • Tiny purple/red bruises on the skin
  • Swelling and numbness of the skin over the treatment area

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