Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy is a state of the art therapeutic modality used to treat heel spur syndrome, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and retrocalcaneal bursitis. This non invasive procedure is performed as an in office procedure under local anesthesia. A high energy ultrasonic shock wave is administered under ultrasound guidance to the treatment area. Our office uses the Dornier Epos Ultra equipment which is the latest technological advance for the administration of the shock wave.
The therapy takes about twenty minutes to perform. The mechanism of action is to create a controlled injury to the treatment area. This stimulates the body’s own natural healing capacity to create an inflammatory response. The body enters into a reparative phase through angiogenesis. Angiogenesis is the formation of new blood vessel formation into the region of injury. Through new blood vessel formation the body is able to deliver the necessary healing nutrients.
This treatment modality has been used with excellent results, both in the United States and Europe. Extracoporeal Shock Wave Therapy has proven to be a safe and effective therapy which has greatly decreased the need for surgical intervention.
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