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Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy

What Is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy, also known as ESWT - Extracorporeal SHOCK WAVE Therapy, is a non-invasive, non-electrical high energy sound wave that passes through the body via a handheld probe.

The directed burst of high-pressure sound waves through the skin target the desired musculoskeletal (muscle, tendon, ligament, nerve and bone) tissue, which produces a rapid increase in blood flow. This works to break down the fibrous scar tissue which builds up over time and is particularly prevalent with chronic soft tissue injuries. The body responds with increased metabolic activity around the site of the pain. This kickstarts inflammatory healing, which is necessary for tissue repair.

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Dr. Shephard has over 20 years of experience using Shockwave Therapy. He vigorously researches and applies new technologies to accelerate injury healing. His success with Shockwave Therapy is credited to his unique skill of identifying the source, not just the symptom resulting in faster recovery.

What Is Shockwave Therapy For?

Shockwave Therapy is a multidisciplinary device whose primary goals are to relieve pain and restore normal mobility rapidly. It is an effective treatment for numerous soft tissue injuries, pain and particular bone-related conditions. Together with being a non-surgical therapy with no need for painkillers, this makes it an ideal therapy to speed up recovery for the following chronic injuries:

After only 3 or 4 treatments with Shockwave Therapy, most patients of Shephard Health report a reduction of over 80% of pain and a rapid return to activity. With Dr. Shephard’s vast experience of over 20 years, he is able to identify the source of the problem more definitively, rather than simply treat the symptom alone. This saves the patient valuable time and money. Elite athletes, those in the entertainment industry and thousands of patients with the same relenting pain have benefited from this rapid recovery therapy at Shephard Health.

Treatment with Shockwave Therapy usually takes approximately 10 - 15 minutes on average. The experience is of pulsating deep pressure to the area treated.

Consequences of Leaving An Injury Untreated

This break down of scar tissue is the key to why Shockwave Therapy is so effective. Unlike normal tissue, scar tissue is non-elastic and will inhibit and prevent the injured tissue's normal function. If left untreated, it will ultimately weaken the healthy surrounding tissue and often leads to further damage and pain.

What Is The Solution?

Shockwave Therapy was initially developed to break down kidney and gall stones. After more developments and research, the FDA approved Shockwave Therapy for the treatment of plantar fasciitis. Several iterations later, it was further developed to encompass most musculoskeletal injuries of the body. Dr. Shephard combines this cutting edge technology, Shockwave Therapy, with other treatments to minimize healing time. By increasing circulation and breaking down scar tissue, this therapy will stimulate regeneration and promote rapid healing and reduce pain leading to the restoration of normal function and a quicker return to activity.


Frequently Asked Questions

There are many benefits related to shockwave therapy. Depending on the ailment that brings you in for treatment, the benefits can be endless! Some of the most beneficial advantages for shockwave therapy include:

  • A non-surgical treatment option
  • Accelerates healing which reduces pain and discomfort rapidly
  • No known side-effects
  • Coverage available through most insurance companies
  • Treatment does not require anesthesia
  • Patients can be treated on both sides of the body at the same time
  • Fast, safe, and effective
  • Decrease pain and increase function
  • No incision, no risk of infection at the treatment site, no scarring
  • Future treatment options are not limited
  • Treatment is very cost-effective

Shockwaves are audible high-energy sound waves. They have been employed in the medical world since around 1980, initially used to disintegrate kidney stones, for instance. With our modern pain therapy, the shock wave generator conducts energy to the painful body regions, where healing capacities then take place.

The healing process is accelerated by activating the body’s self-healing powers. The shock waves stimulate new vessel blood formation, or neovascularization, to the damaged area leading to blood circulation and metabolism, where the damaged tissue will gradually regenerate and eventually heal.

The extracorporeal wave has virtually no risks or side effects. In some cases, patients may experience some minor discomfort, which may continue for a few days. Similar to what you may experience after a full day’s work or intense exercise.

The beneficial effects of shockwave therapy are often experienced after only 3 to 5 treatments. Some patients report immediate relief after the treatment although it can take potentially up to 4 weeks for pain relief to begin and between 9 to 12 weeks to see the positive benefits. Studies demonstrate the most significant healing is between 6 and 9 weeks. This procedure can possibly reduce pain and potentially restore mobility.

The pain region is localized and discussed with the patient. A coupling gel is then applied to the treatment area, where the handpiece will be placed on the region to generate shock waves. The applicator is moved in a circular motion over the pain region for the duration of the treatment. The shock waves are converted into sound energy once the kinetic energy hits the body’s immovable tissues. Each session takes between 5 and 15 minutes depending on the disorder being treated and is scheduled at weekly intervals.

Shockwave therapy has a proven success rate that is equal to or greater than that of traditional methods and without the risks, complications and lengthy recovery time. Shockwave therapy does not require anesthesia, requires a minimal amount of time, patients can weight bear immediately, and return to normal activity within a few days of the procedure.


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