Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy For Chronic Tendinopathy

Chronic tendon inflammations – a condition that may be found in the knee, hip, shoulder, heel, elbow, and sole. This included Achilles tendinopathy, trochanteric pain syndrome, and chronic tendinopathy of the shoulder. These conditions can be treated with the help of extracorporeal shock wave therapy. This article focuses on shockwave therapy for ‘Chronic Tendinopathy.’

Shockwave treatment is not to be misinterpreted as an electric wave; it is purely mechanical. The therapy starts an inflammation-like condition in the tissue that is being addressed. Our body responds to these stimuli by boosting metabolism and increasing blood circulation in the impact area, which in turn elevates the healing process. Its advantages are as follows:

● No surgery
● Non-invasive treatment
● No anesthesia needed
● No severe complications
● Nominal side effects like small bruise or redness
● Faster treatment – requires approximately 30 minutes and three to four sessions one week apart.
● Significantly reduces pain

Let’s take a look at the common questions people have about extracorporeal shock wave therapy.

Is the treatment painful?

Sometimes, the treatment is a bit painful; however, many people handle the few intense minutes without an issue. The pain should not be more than seven out of ten in intensity, and the shockwave frequency could be adjusted accordingly.

How successful is the extracorporeal shock wave therapy ESWT?

Studies have shown 77% effectiveness in chronic tendinopathies that were not cured by other methods. The success rate varies depending on the tender and ranges from a 50% success rate for tennis elbow to an 85% success rate for calcific tendinopathy of the shoulder. It may take three to four months to reap the maximum effectiveness. Hence, a follow-up review is recommended at 12 weeks after the final treatment session. However, if the symptoms persist at this stage, you may be advised for alternative treatments.

What are the precautions you should know about?

Like other treatments, you have to be aware of the contradictions or precautions to be taken with respect to extracorporeal shock wave therapy ESWT, such as:

● You should notify us if you’re diagnosed with cancer.
● Shockwave therapy should not be advisable to be taken if you’re pregnant.
● You may witness a mild bruise following the therapy. Therefore, if you have clotting-related disorders, the treatment is not recommended.

What if it doesn’t work?

Response to extracorporeal shock wave therapy is generally outstanding within a few weeks or months before the maximum effect is achieved. However, if you do not notice any improvement after three to four months, you may be called to discuss alternative treatment methods.

Are you interested in the procedure? We will be happy to address all your questions. Contact us for more information.