There are a significant number of Canadians suffering with acute and chronic pain from heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knee, hip and groin pain and many other musculoskeletal issues. Exciting new technology ESWT or Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy can been used to successfully treat patients suffering from these ailments with a high success ratio from 75% to 91%, depending on the condition being treated and chronicity. One of these people, Katrina has been suffering with debilitating shoulder pain for several months. She had tried it all including ice, heat, stretching exercises, physiotherapy and more. It got to the point that carrying her son caused excruciating pain and she was also having great difficulty sleeping and was being awakened throughout the night due to the pain. Katrina said “Dr. Heidary suggested Shock Wave Therapy for my shoulder condition. Within 18 hours the pain began to subside. I was able to sleep soundly on my left side for the first time in months, and I was able to carry my son comfortably in my arms again. Thank you so much, Dr. Heidary!”

 

What is this NEW Therapy?

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, (or ESWT), is an exciting new technology using shockwaves to treat chronic, painful conditions of the musculoskeletal system. A shockwave is an intense, but very short energy wave traveling faster than the speed of sound.

 

How does Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy work?

ESWT works in two ways promoting better healing. One is that the microtrauma of the repeated shock wave to the affected area stimulates new blood flow into the area. It is this new blood flow that promotes tissue healing. The second is that in chronic pain, the brain has “forgotten” about the pain and does nothing to heal the area. In applying shockwave therapy a new inflammatory process is created which kick starts the brain. The brain then reacts by sending the necessary body nutrients to the area to promote healing. These are the reasons IT WORKS and why it WORKS WELL! Research proves ESWT is extremely effective for most near to bone tendonitis more so than many other alternatives.

  • Plantar fasciitis 90% improvement
  • Tennis Elbow 77% improvement
  • Calcific Tendonitis of the shoulder 91% improvement.
 

What ailments is it used for?

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Shoulder (tendonitis in the rotor cuff)

Studies have shown definite benefits to shockwave therapy in the treatment of calcific tendonitis of the shoulder. Often X-rays show these calcific deposits as lumps or cloudy areas. That’s how the diagnosis is confirmed. The tendons of the rotator cuff surrounding the shoulder are affected most often. Pain and inflammation result in loss of motion and function. Sometimes patients report shoulder stiffness or weakness. There may be a snapping or catching sensation during certain shoulder movements. That’s GOOD NEWS because ESWT does provide relief for those suffering from calcific tendonitis which can cause debilitating shoulder pain — even leading to a frozen shoulder.

Common symptoms include:

  • Pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel, or with the first few steps after getting out of bed, or after a long period of rest. The pain subsides after a few minutes of walking
  • Greater pain after (not during) exercise or activity.
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Tennis Elbow / Golfer’s Elbow

Studies utilizing Shock Wave Therapy for Tennis Elbow showed that about 63% of the tennis elbows achieved either excellent or good results. Researchers concluded that Extracorporeal Shock Wave therapy was a valuable treatment for this condition. Tennis/Golfer’s elbow is not simply an “inflammation” of these tendons and occurs when microscopic tears are incompletely healed within the tendon. It is thought to be a degenerative process as a result of repetitive use…. (computer work, golfers, baseball players, bowlers, gardeners or landscapers, house or office cleaners, carpenters, mechanics, and assembly-line workers)

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Knee (patellar tendinopathy)

The knee is a complex joint with many components, making it vulnerable to various injuries. Many of which can be successfully treated without surgery. Many people experience injuries to the four ligaments in their knee.

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Foot (Plantar Fasciitis)

Studies utilizing Shock Wave Therapy showed that approximately 90% of sufferers with painful heels achieved either excellent or good results. Sometimes too much pressure damages or tears the tissues. The body’s natural response to injury is inflammation, resulting in heel pain and stiffness of plantar fasciitis.

Common symptoms include:

  • Pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel, or with the first few steps after getting out of bed, or after a long period of rest. The pain subsides after a few minutes of walking
  • Greater pain after (not during) exercise or activity.

 ESWT may be the remedy for your pain.

What makes ESWT unique is that it is one of the very few technologies in any field of medicine that seems to work best when an injury reaches the chronic, non-healing state. ESWT appears to be able to jump start the healing process in chronic, non-healing injuries and move them back into the acute phase of healing.

How many treatments are required?

Many cases (mild to moderate) only require three treatments once every week for three weeks. Chronic conditions require up to six treatments, once every week for six weeks. After the treatment is finished the injured area continues to heal for six to 18 weeks.