Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (SWT) is a modality used for the treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, primarily applied to chronic conditions, particularly those affecting medium to large sized tendons and their insertions on bone such as: Plantar Fasciitis.
So essentially, hip pain can be caused by many reasons. Primarily hip pain can occur due to age where the muscle and tendons get overused over the years.
A small hip bone fracture can also constitute the problem of pain. The main reason for the pain is inflammation. Shockwave therapy helps in reducing inflammation and curing problems like pain and necrosis.
Tennis elbow got its little part of fame as the injury was faced but the little master of cricket Sanchin Tendulkar. Well, it is a sports injury that involves the tendons and muscles around the elbow region.
A tennis elbow can occur under any circumstances which might not have to involve movement related to sports. Tendulkar missed a few important matches due to this injury.
Traditional medication of painkillers and steroids take a lot of time and effort to show some results. In today’s days and age, the solution to problems like this is simple that is shockwave therapy which starts showing some signs of relaxation within the first 24 hours of the therapy.
Calcification in prime regions such as the rotator cuff tendons can be highly painful at times, which can chronically affect important mobility. Also, there is not much promising medical help available in the market other than the recent shockwave therapy.
The shockwave helps in creating vibrations and dissolving the calcifu=ying areas creating soothing effects in the cuff region. The pain takes about two to three days to wear off after the therapy.
Jumper’s knee, as the name suggests, a painful sports injury that caused by any of the jumping motions in sports. The injury is highly painful and can cause lifelong problems hence ending one’s career.
The only modern treatment available for such injury is shockwave therapy. The therapy provides instant relief to the recipient in the very first therapy and takes only a week or two before the pain finally wears off.
A heel spur is a heel injury, as its name suggests. The main cause of heel spur constitutes calcification in the back of the bones in the heel region.
The solution to this historically has been injection and surgery to break the calcified structure, but shockwave therapy through the vibrations of the waves does that job with much more ease. The pain goes by the end of the second or third session of the therapy.
Insertion pain primarily caused by a lack of blood flow and the creation of a vacuum leading to clotting in the back region. It causes essentially back pain.
The vibrations of the shockwave therapy promote blood flow in the required region which results in regaining of normalcy. The pain slowly fades out after the very first session. If the pain is on the little severe side, it might take more than a session.
Overloading is the main cause of chronic tendinopathy. It can occur in various parts of the body and is a very common physiological problem. What happens is actual inflammations at a cellular level of the affected area. This can treated by 3-4 sessions of shockwave therapy.
There a lot of other problems that can addressed through shockwave therapy, like there shockwave therapy for ED as well. It a modern way, and it still finding its sweet spot in the market.
Many clinics are opening up in India right now. We need to see how the flexibility of the technology and the pricing, and its acceptability.