What are the potential side effects of ESWT ?
The main benefit of ESWT is that its non-invasive & non surgical. Extra Corporeal means outside (extra) of the body (Corporeal), so there is no need for invasive surgery. Depending on the patient and the diagnosis there may be mild temporary discomfort during the treatment. The shock waves are targeted to the point of maximum symptoms to optimize healing. There can be at times skin redness, bruising, skin irritation or soreness. If these symptoms occur during or after treatment they are short in duration and self resolving.
Who Should avoid ESWT ?
Complications are infrequent with shock wave therapy. Patients who have nerve problems such as, poor sensation or neuropathy from diabetes, or increased hypersensitivity in conditions like rheumatoid arthritis on the targeted area should avoid ESWT. Cancer lesions or tumors in the area of the treatment site, and blood thrombosis should avoid treatments. Open sores should be avoided. Should not be used during pregnancy.
How long does the treatment last?
Treatment times are from 20-30 minutes per region of care.
How many treatments will I need ?
Treatments are needed at weekly sessions between 7-10 days for conditions. The number of treatments needed are depending on the orthopedic condition. Number of treatments are between 3-4 visit per complaint or area that is being treated. If more chronic condition then additional 2-3 may be needed to help sustain relief from pain.
Does the Shock Wave Treatment Hurt ?
It may be uncomfortable as patients have reported minor tolerable dull or sharp pain during shock wave treatment. Proper adjustments to the machine, will decrease the shock and pressure you feel during treatment.
Are there any side effects after treatment?
Some discomfort may be experienced 2-6 hours after the treatment. Swelling, redness (hot to skin), bruising (blood thinner medication), minor aches & discomfort. These side effects will be resolved 3-4 days after treatment. Its also recommended decrease in physical activity, apply therapeutic ice to help decrease Shock Wave side effects.
How long will it take for me to get better?
You should get relief initially during the weeks of treatment. The sustained relief should be 1-3 months after the final treatment. As we apply the shock wave in a unique way we are re-injuring the joint or muscles. This will kick start the healing process again, which is important to help facilitate better healing. Things that you can do to help facilitate healing are reduce your exercise by 30%, do not take any ibuprofen or anti-inflammatory medicines and Ice the area at least 2x daily. These basic actions will help facilitate optimal healing with shock wave therapy.
Utah Shock Wave Therapy Payment Method
- Cash or Checks accepted.
- HSA( Health Saving Account) / Health Card
-Credit Card or Debit Card. Can be processed through the clinic merchant services offered.