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 or heart conditions such as 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.
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.