The Session and Treatment Course
A single shockwave therapy session typically lasts only 5-10 minutes. We start by providing a local anesthetic and applying a conductive gel to the affected area. This provides two major benefits—one, it reduces the potential for post-treatment pain, and two, it ensures that the force of the waves is transferred efficiently to your tissues. After that, we operate the generator and apply the waves with the applicator using circular motions.
There are few side effects. At most, you may notice very light bruising, swelling, tingling, or a few purple spots. Usually these symptoms resolve very quickly and without incident.
The number of sessions required will vary depending on the patient and the severity of the conditions. However, a majority of people report significant improvement in their symptoms after just 1 or 2 sessions.
Conditions Treated with Shockwave Therapy
Heel pain from chronic plantar fasciitis is probably the condition we treat most frequently with extracorporeal shockwave therapy. However, the technology can be an effective remedy for a wide variety of soft connective tissue injuries involving pain and inflammation, such as Achilles tendinitis, shin splints, and others.