PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field)
Reduce Pain & Inflammation, Recover Faster From Injury, Increase Range of Motion
Trigger point shock wave therapy (TPST) is a highly efficient, non-surgical treatment for chronic pain in the musculoskeletal system.Richard Wolf, one of the innovators in medical technology worldwide for more than 100 years, has developed a new pain therapy device for physiotherapy.
Extracorporeal shock waves have been used in the treatment of chronic pain since the ’90s.The heart of the WellWave is the ergonomic planar therapy source. As a powerful system for pain therapy, it significantly expands the range of application in cases of myofascial pain syndrome:
– Cervical spine
– Upper extremities
– Pectoral girdle
– Hip region
– Thoracic and lumbar spine
– Lower extremities
Shock waves 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.
How do shock waves work?
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 damaged tissue will gradually regenerate and eventually heal.
Common Conditions Treated by Shock Wave Therapy
Plantar Fasciitis / Heel Pain
Elbow pain ex. tennis or golfer’s elbow
Shoulder pain ex. shoulder califications
Achilles tendon pain
Patellar tendonitis ex. jumper’s knee or Osgood-Schlatters disease
Trigger points/muscle tension
Chronic neck and back pain
What Are The Expected Results?
The beneficial effects of ESWT are often experienced after only 3 to 5 treatments. Some patients report immediate relief after the treatment although it can take up to 4 weeks for pain relief to begin and between 9 to 12 weeks to see complete results. Studies demonstrate the most significant healing is between 6 and 9 weeks. This procedure eliminates pain and restores full mobility, thus improving quality of life.
How is the treatment performed?
The pain region is localized and discussed with the patient. A coupling gel is then applied to the treatment area, where the hand piece 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.
Why consider ESWT?
ESWT 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. ESWT does not require anesthesia, requires minimal amount of time, patients can weight bear immediately, and return to normal activity within a few days of the procedure.
Benefits of Shockwave Therapy
Does not require anesthesia
Patients can be treated on both sides at the same time if the condition requires
Patients are immediately full weight bearing
Fast, safe and effective
Patients are evaluated for success after 12 weeks
Decrease pain and increase function
No incision; no risk for infection at the treatment site; no scarring
Future treatment options are not limited