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Shockwave Therapy at Health Pro Wellness Center

Shockwave treatment on knee

Beach Pro Physical Medicine has joined with Health Pro Wellness Center offering Shockwave Therapy

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy, or in medical terms, Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a relatively new treatment alternative used extensively in orthopedic and rehabilitation medicine. It uses controlled mechanical pulses or waves that produce a sonic event. The primary outcome of a pulse is a direct mechanical force that is transferred through the skin into tissues.

How does it work?

The leading theory on the benefits associated with shockwaves is based on the inflammatory healing response. It is thought that these pulses cause microtrauma to the diseased tendon tissue. This results in inflammation, which allows the body to send healing cells and increase the blood flow to the injured site. It may also help the increased growth factor and proteins found in PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy be directed to the affected site.

Does it work?

Orthopedic surgical journals put the success rate of ESWT at between 65% to 91% (Ioppolo, et al., 2014). More importantly, the side effects are minimal and negligible (Wang, 2012) as it is a non-surgical, completely natural treatment option.

What conditions does it help?

Most tendon issues such as tendinopathies (formerly tendinitis or tendonitis) can be helped. The vast majority of research shows positive and beneficial effects for conditions such as plantar fasciitis and tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis. The FDA approved the use of shockwave or ESWT for plantar fasciitis in the year 2000 and for lateral epicondylitis in 2002 (Wang, 2012). The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons also found some evidence for ESWT to benefit individuals with knee osteoarthritis.

How long is the treatment? How many treatments do I have to do?

Each treatment is short and usually lasts 5-10 minutes long including prep time. Most shockwave treatments, however, become more effective if done with active exercises and movement. We recommend exercises or simple movements along with each session. Your doctor will evaluate the complexity and severity of your issues before recommending a number of treatments. The normal number is between 6-12 sessions.

Wang C. J. (2012). Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy in Musculoskeletal Disorders. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research, 7, 11.

Ioppolo, F., Rompe, J. D., Furia, J. P., & Cacchio, A. (2014). Clinical Application of Shock Wave Therapy (SWT) in Musculoskeletal Disorders. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 50(2), 217-230.

Learn More Today

If you are interested about Shockwave Therapy, contact our team today! We have same-day visits available.

Shockwave Therapy Huntington Beach CA | (714) 962-8818