ESWT For Achilles Tendonitis Treatment

ESWT For Achilles Tendonitis Treatment

ESWT For Achilles Tendonitis Treatment. This is an extremely proven and effective therapy. This is available at our clinics as a part of your treatment.

 

What is ESWT for the Achilles tendon?

  • ExtraCorporeal Shockwave Therapy is a noninvasive method that uses pressure waves to treat various musculoskeletal conditions. High-energy acoustic waves (shock waves) deliver a mechanical force to the body’s tissues.

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ESWT is a safe, effective and proven non-surgical treatment.

When should I avoid ESWT for my Achilles tendon?

  • Complications are infrequent with shock wave therapy.
  • People who have poor sensation (neuropathy) or hypersensitivity in the target area should not have this procedure.
  • Open sores should also be avoided. Shock wave therapy is not used in patients with heart conditions or seizures.
  • It should not be used during pregnancy.
  • This should be discussed with your physician before undergoing the procedure.

 

ESWT for achilles tendonitis treatment.
ESWT for achilles tendonitis treatment.

What is Achilles Tendonitis?

  • Achilles tendonitis is a painful and often debilitating inflammation or injury of the Achilles tendon.
  • This large tendon is an extension of the two calf muscles; it runs down the back of the lower leg and attaches to the heel bone (calcaneus).
  • The Achilles tendon connects the strong leg muscles to the foot and gives you the ability to rise up on your toes, which allows you to walk.
  • Unfortunately, Achilles tendonitis can make walking almost impossible.

 

2 Phases of Achilles Tendonitis:

ESWT for achilles tendonitis treatment.

There are two phases of the condition.

1)Acute Achilles Tendonitis:

  • Achilles Tendonitis is inflammation.  Inflammation alone can be treated with numerous conservative treatments.  Anything that addresses rest and inflammation can be helpful.  The doctor may use a steroid injection, strapping, taping, orthotics, or lasers in this phase.  If the condition has moved on to phase 2, the tissue is damaged (microtearing), and needs to be repaired.

2)Chronic Achilles Tendonitis:

  • For Phase 2 or chronic achilles tendonitis, high energy ESWT is FDA approved and has been shown to prevent surgery. ESWT shockwave therapy is a device proven to create this repair without surgery.

ESWT for achilles tendonitis treatment.
ESWT for achilles tendonitis treatment is an extremely effective and proven treatment.

Benefits of ESWT Achilles Tendonitis Treatment:

 

  • The effects of ESWT are best documented in areas of changes in tissue density, such as those where a tendon attaches to a bone (enthesiopathies) and where a bone attaches to a ligament (desmopathies).
  • For this reason, it is very effective for painful connective tissue in the foot and heels.
  • Additionally, ESWT gives new hope by relieving pain, eliminating the risk factors associated with surgery and allowing people to resume their normal lives.

 

Frequently Asked Shockwave Therapy Questions:

 

ESWT for achilles tendonitis treatment.
ESWT for achilles tendonitis treatment.

What is extracorporeal shock wave therapy?

  • Shock wave therapy is a noninvasive method that uses pressure waves to treat various conditions in the body.
  • These include plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, plantar fibroma pain, achilles tendon and muscle pain.
  • Acoustic waves (aka shock waves) deliver a mechanical force to the body’s tissues.
  • This can cause increased blood flow and blood vessels to develop in chronic and painful tissues.
  • What signs indicate this therapy is needed?
  • Shock wave therapy may treat conditions such as degenerated tendons, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, plantar fibroma formatio, back of the heel and bottom of the heel pain

When should I avoid this therapy?

  • Complications are infrequent with shock wave therapy.
  • People who have poor sensation (neuropathy) or hypersensitivity in the target area should not have this procedure.
  • Open sores should also be avoided.
  • Shock wave therapy is not used in patients with heart conditions or seizures. It should not be used during pregnancy.
  • This should be discussed with your physician before undergoing the procedure.

General Details of Procedure:

  • A noninvasive probe is applied to the skin.
  • An electrical charge creates an energy wave that is focused on the area of concern.
  • The shock waves create a force on the tissues that may induce healing. This will allow formation of blood vessels into the area.
  • There is still developing evidence on how this procedure works.
  • Some studies suggest that it may be that shock waves cause inflammation and improve blood flow to encourage the body to repair and heal itself. Studies do show that increased blood vessel formation does occur in the new tissue leading to tissue healing.

Specific Technique:

  • Shock wave therapy is a non surgical procedure.
  • A probe is placed on the skin after a gel is applied to help conduct the shock waves. Low-energy shock wave therapy often is performed without anesthesia.
  • Therapy is more successful with active patient participation where the patient tells the therapist whether or not the probe is at the area of pain. One or more treatment sessions may be needed.
  • We like to perform on average 2-3 sessions.

What happens after the procedure?

  • Patients typically bear weight after treatment.
    Protected walking and running is allowed to occur immediately afterwards.
  • Although the first time, patients are advised to reduce the level of physical activity for one to two weeks after treatment.
    There may be some initial soreness.
  • Shock wave therapy may give good outcomes for some tendon problems or chronic degenerative conditions. Examples include Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis.

Potential Complications:

  • The main complications are pain and hypersensitivity at the site of treatment. These problems typically resolve with time. Pain and disability may persist when shock wave therapy is not successful.