OrthoShock for Orthopedic Conditions
OrthoShock is our form of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) to treat painful, inflamed orthopedic issues. A shockwave is a sound containing energy akin to a small sonic boom. Many years of experience, since the 1980's in fact, have confirmed that certain pathological alterations of tendons, ligaments, capsules, muscles and bones – in other words the root causes of your pain – can be eliminated systematically with this non-invasive therapy approach. In modern pain therapy, shock wave energy is applied to the painful body regions, where it can accelerate the healing process in the body by stimulating the metabolism and improving blood circulation, and can regenerate and fully heal damaged tissue.
Conditions That Respond to OrthoShock
OrthoShock is useful in acute and chronic orthopedic muscular and tendon conditions. Typically these are various forms of tendonitis, muscle injury, muscle spasm, and bursitis. While forms of shockwave therapy have been used for bone and joint conditions, existing protocols do not seem offer significant benefit in our opinion. Therefore, various forms of osteoarthritis (knee, hip, hands) are not treated at this time.
Chronic neck and back pain due to spasm
Shoulder pain (rotator cuff tendonitis)
Elbow pain (tennis elbow)
Heel spurs and Achilles tendonitis
Patellar tendonitis (knee)
Trigger points/muscle tension
What does OrthoShock do?
Shockwaves are introduced into the area of inflammation/pain. The body responds by disrupting scar tissue and calcifications. New blood vessel growth is stimulated and an influx of repair cells and growth factor occurs. Disorganized tissues are allowed to “reorganize” and form healthy tissue.
What are the treatments like?
OrthoShock treatments last about 20 minutes depending on the condition. Besides a mild to moderate tingling, little is felt. Pain does not occur during or as a result of treatment.
Because we are stimulating the tissue to repair, final treatment results are usually seen about 6 - 12 weeks after a series of 3-6 weekly treatments. Beyond rest and the usual precautions appropriate for your particular injury, there is no “downtime”.
OrthoShock has no risks or side effects. Occasionally, we see some mild skin irritation above the treatment site. This dissipates with a few days.
Why should I get OrthoShock?
Does not require anesthesia
Decreases pain and increases function
Success rates with OrthoShock vary with condition but typically are around 80-90% improvement.
Future treatment options are not limited
Cost effective compared to surgery
OrthoShock 4 treatment program - $1000
Additional treatments are negotiable.