If you answer yes to one or more of the following questions, then Focused Shock Wave may be right for you:
High-Energy Focused Shock Waves have numerous beneficial biological effects on the body. Our Dornier Epos Ultra produces a true shock wave in that each cycle generates an acoustic pressure wave of 800 bars over a period of 2 microseconds (2/1,000,000th of a second). This is very different from other shock wave devices (Radial-ESWT) that can only generate 5 bars over a much slower period of 5,000 microseconds. To put it in perspective, 5 bars is the pressure at 130 feet under water, while 400 bars is 26,000 feet down.
A typical treatment consists of about 4,000 cycles and takes about 30 minutes. During the Compression Phase, the shock wave initially provides an analgesic effect as the pressure ramps up by overstimulating the area, helping to disrupt the pain cycle. As the pressure nears the peak, metabolic stimulation occurs increasing cell membrane permeability and causing the body to release numerous growth factors, initiating natural healing. During the Tensile Phase, the intense negative pressure causes micro-cavitation bubbles to quickly form and collapse. This fractures calcium formations, breaking apart the scar tissue that impedes healing. The cavitation bubbles also stimulate vascular growth, increasing the flow of nutrient rich blood to the area. Only Focused Shock Wave can provide all of these benefits.
Focused Shock Wave (ESWT) has been proven to be very effective at significantly decreasing and even eliminating pain from chronic tenon and ligament injuries with a single treatment. This occurs from the natural healing stimulated by Focused Shock Wave. (Graph data: Dr. Ludger Gerdesmeyer, ESWT for the treatment of Chronic Calcifying Tendonitis of the Rotator Cuff, JAMA, Nov 19, 2003, Vol 290, No 19)
Focused Shock Wave (ESWT) does not just mask the pain, it help your body to heal naturally. Calcified formations and scar tissue are common causes of pain that also impede healing. In addition to the metabolic stimulation and increased blood flow caused by Focused Shock Wave, it also breaks apart calcifications with out the need for surgery, allowing your body to replace the scar tissue with healthy tissue. (Graph data: Dr. Ludger Gerdesmeyer, ESWT for the treatment of Chronic Calcifying Tendonitis of the Rotator Cuff, JAMA, Nov 19, 2003, Vol 290, No 19)
High-energy Focused Shock Wave was born out of lithotripsy, which is the use of high energy acoustic waves to break apart kidney stones. Doctor’s noticed that after lithotripsy, soft tissue healed faster and bone density increased near the treatment site. Soon after, doctors starting using shock wave therapy on musculoskeletal issues with amazing results. Extracorporeal literally translates to “outside the body” which means our treatment is non-invasive, eliminating the risks, downtime, and costs associated with surgery. Our Dornier Epos Ultra system is approved by the FDA for Focused Shock Wave and can be used to treat numerous orthopedic injuries.
Focused Shock Wave is completely non-invasive so there is no lengthy recovery period, minimal time off from work, or risk of complications that you would expect with invasive surgery. In order to minimize discomfort, your doctor will administer a local anesthetic to the area. Then, our technician will use ultrasound to target the damaged area and precisely deliver shock waves via a fluid filled membrane. Your comfort is very important to us so our technician can adjust the power of the shock waves accordingly. The treatment typically lasts between 20-30 minutes.
High-energy Focused Shock Wave essentially breaks apart the bad tissue and allows new good tissue to be created. Because your body is healing naturally, healing will take place over days, weeks, and months. Most patients see an improvement almost immediately, with a significant decrease in pain within the first three months. Some severely damaged larger tendons and ligaments (like the Patellar and Achilles) can sometimes take a bit longer to fully heal. Physical therapy is often not required.
Unfortunately, Focused Shock Wave is not covered by most health insurance companies, although we recommend you inquire with your insurer. Sonx Shock Wave uses a self-pay model and provides you with numerous ways to pay for and/or finance the treatment. You are also able to use your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for the procedure. Please visit our finance page to see your payment and financing options.