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You’ve done all your research and want to get a Focused Shock Wave treatment to cure your chronic tendinopathy, but how do you know that it is right for you and how do you go about getting the treatment? Those are great questions that we hear often from patients. Unless your doctor is already in the Sonx network of providers, we recommend that you give us a call first. We can talk about the procedure, answer any questions, and get you linked up with one of our doctors; or arrange to contact your doctor. We can generally tell if you may benefit from a Focused Shock Wave treatment based on our phone call but we ultimately rely on you and your doctor to decide. The doctor will diagnose your injury, determine if Focused Shock Wave is a treatment option, and then discuss all treatment options with you. If both you and the doctor agree that Focused Shock Wave is the best option, the doctor writes you a prescription. You will then contact Sonx and we will make all the arrangements for your treatment.
One the day of your procedure, we will all meet at the doctor’s office. The Sonx technician will arrive early to set up our FDA approved, Dornier Epos Ultra system in one of the doctor’s exam rooms. The doctor will palpitate (fancy medical term for “press on”) the area to identify the location of the pain, and will mark the most painful locations. The doctor will then administer a local anesthesia to the area being treated. As the anesthesia is taking effect, our technician begins positioning you and the machine for the treatment using the Dornier Epos Ultra’s ultrasound guidance system, the doctor’s input, and the marked locations. The actual treatment lasts about 30 minutes, so we want you to be comfortable. The treatment consists of shock waves at various power levels and frequencies, starting at low power and frequency and building up to the therapeutic level, high power and high frequency level. You will hear a snapping sound and feel our technician moving you slightly in different directions to treat different areas of your injury. Our technician uses an ultrasound guidance system that easily identifies calcifications and scar tissue to locate the areas that need to be treated. This ultrasound system is calibrated to the treatment head and provides the technician with cross hairs on the ultrasound screen display the exact location the Focused Shock Waves will be delivered. We simply put the bad stuff in the cross hairs and blast it with shock waves. It also allows us to avoid directly striking bone, which can be very painful. While the anesthesia normally eliminates all pain, we will be regularly checking with you as we increase the power level to be sure you are still comfortable.
Once the treatment is complete, you will check out with the doctor, be given post treatment instructions, and be released. If you are having your feet or Achilles treated, you may have to wait until the anesthesia has worn off enough for you to safely walk, but that is usually no more than 10 to 15 minutes. While post treatment is addressed in a different blog, there are minimal requirements and you can normally return to routine activity the next day. The only big requirement is no high impact activities for about 30 days. Even though your injury may feel much better right after your treatment, you must remember that your body is still healing.
Determining if Focused Shock Wave is right for you and scheduling a treatment is a simple process. The treatment is done conveniently in your doctor’s office and recovery does not disrupt your routine activities. Talk with your doctor or call us today to find out how you can put your pain in the past with Focused Shock Wave.