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What is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy And How You Can Benefit From It

Physio&SoleClinic Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, Physiotherapy April 20 2022

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is an up-and-coming progressive solution in Singapore for musculoskeletal pain. It’s a non-invasive treatment that involves the delivery of shockwaves to treat chronic soft tissue injuries and some bone conditions.  Shockwave therapy is intended to reduce pain and promote healing and is a viable treatment to consider for patients with chronic conditions that have not responded well  to conservative treatments.

It is both crucial and beneficial to adapt to cutting-edge technology with clinically proven effectiveness to better help clients. As more practitioners introduce Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy to their range of treatments, here’s why you should consider it for your chronic pain too. 

Effective natural treatment

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy is an effective treatment module for a number of lower and upper limb conditions like chronic tendinopathy, painful shoulder, hip pain, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow and plantar fasciitis. The chronic stage is when an injury constantly reoccurs or is incurable. Typically at this stage, surgery or steroid and other treatment injections are prescribed to manage the pain. Shockwave treatment presents as a safe alternative by stimulating metabolic reactions and activating the body’s healing process. According to multiple studies, shockwave treatment has a high rate of success in reducing pain for  chronic and severely painful conditions. 

Fast treatment

Pains associated with chronic conditions often drag on for months or years without any real solution. For those who are not recommended or considering surgery yet, medicinal treatments can provide only temporary relief. With Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, most patients report a drastic reduction in pain from the very first treatment, and there is effective long-term pain reduction with continued treatment.

Limited side effects

Shockwave treatment has a much lower risk of side effects than other interventions for chronic musculoskeletal pain. While there may be minor discomfort during and a few hours after treatment, it is tolerated well by patients. Most importantly, the minor discomfort is temporary and causes no real harm. Compared to numerous side effects for each surgery or medicine, shockwave therapy can actually provide adequate pain relief without taking big risks or tolerating long-term side effects.

How does Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy work?

Shockwave therapy delivers acoustic energy through the skin to an injured part of your body using a specialist device. The shockwaves are mechanical, and give off an audible, low-energy sound wave that actually increases the blood flow to the injured area. 

The shockwaves desensitise nerve endings and this usually gives an almost-immediate reduction and relief in pain. They also cause controlled microscopic damage to the tissues to activate and accelerate the body’s healing response by increasing blood circulation and metabolism in the damaged area. This rapid increase in blood circulation aids to break down fibrous scar tissue as well. The break-down of scar tissue, which usually builds up over time with chronic conditions, is one of the key reasons why shockwave treatment is highly effective.

Each treatment session lasts around 10-15 minutes and you’ll feel a ‘tapping’ sensation with each shock wave. The treatment may be mildly painful or uncomfortable, but most patients go through their sessions without any cause for concern. If minor bruising occurs, it goes away on its own after a few days. 

Seek treatment for long lasting healing effects

Shockwave treatment alleviates pain and restores mobility right from the first session. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy is available at Physio & Sole Clinic as the latest therapy module, and can be administered by the team of experienced podiatrists and physiotherapists in Singapore. Shockwave treatment is available at the Tanglin, Jurong, Bukit Timah, Kembangan and Kovan clinics. Call now to arrange for an appointment or send in your queries about Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy to Physio & Sole’s Whatsapp a Podiatrist at 91754929 or Whatsapp a Physiotherapist at 98997967.

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