Shockwave therapy is the use of acoustic pressure waves to cause changes in bodily structures. It was originally discovered and developed in Germany in the mid-twentieth century and was used to break up kidney stones and gallstones (thus avoiding operations to remove these stones). In the late 20th century orthopedists and physical medicine doctors developed lower-energy versions of shockwave machines that could be used to treat musculoskeletal conditions like plantar fasciitis and frozen shoulder.
While bones and stones were the first targets of low-intensity shockwave therapy (LiSWT) it soon became evident that soft tissues such as tendons and muscles also responded to shockwaves. Investigations of the underlying physiology showed that shockwaves at the right energy levels disrupted tissues just enough to kickstart the body's healing process. This resulted in the growth of new blood vessels and new tissue (tendons, bones and ligaments) and the dissolution of calcified areas such as bone spurs and calcified tendons.
At Rejuvacare our shockwave machine is capable of intensities up to 7 Bar and frequencies of 22Hz. That means that we can treat almost any musculoskeletal condition and even some other conditions like erectile dysfunction. The proprietary version of shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction is trademarked as "Gainswave" in the USA, however shockwave treatment of ED does not require any special shockwave device. In Europe numerous different machines are used for the same purpose. In fact, the original "Gainswave" device was a rebranded European shockwave machine.
Low-intensity shockwave treatments are usually essentially painless (except when the shockwaves are applied to a tender area). The treatments usually take only 15-30 minutes and a series is usually required. However, PRP prolotherapy and LiSWT are somewhat synergistic, so the combination of the two may result in fewer overall treatments being necessary.Here is a list of a few of the common problems treated with LiSWT:
- Heel spur (plantar fasciitis)
- Calcific tendonitis (shoulder rotator cuff tendonitis)
- Erectile dysfunction
- Peyronie's disease
- Tennis elbow/golf elbow
- Morton's Neuroma
- Delayed union of fractures
- Skin ulcers
- Low back pain
- Trigger points
If any of these problems pertain to you, please call us for an appointment and let us see if we can help you.