What is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy?
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), also known as EPAT or Pressure Wave Therapy, is a non-surgical way of treating a wide array of soft tissue conditions. This FDA approved technology is quickly becoming a popular and successful treatment for many orthopedic issues. ESWT works by enhancing the body’s natural healing process to improve regenerative potential.
How Does Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Work?
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy is a non-invasive therapy that uses shockwaves energy to penetrate into the patient’s skin without damaging any tissue. These shockwaves enhance the body’s ability to heal through hyperstimulation.
This procedure exerts a mechanical pressure and tension to the tissue, which allows for an increase in cell permeability, increasing cell membrane and tissue circulation — activating the body’s own healing process. This process stimulates fibroblasts, responsible for healing connective tissue. It also stimulates osteoblasts, bone cells that are responsible for new bone growth and healing.
This procedure is performed in-office and takes about 10 minutes. Optimal results typically require three treatments in weekly intervals. Patients can often return to work and exercise with immediate results.
What Does Shock Wave Therapy Treat?
Shockwaves are used to treat many orthopedic conditions, including:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel spurs
- Patellar tendinitis (jumper’s knee)
- Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
- Shoulder tendinitis
Benefits of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy
- No incisions, no scars
- No down time – go back to work the same day
- Rapid recovery – complete recovery in 2-6 weeks
- In-office procedure