A Range of ESWT Treatments
Shock wave therapy was originally developed by Dornier MedTech to break up kidney stones nearly a quarter of a century ago. Since then, physicians discovered that Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) could benefit people with soft tissue and bone injuries.
The Dornier EPOS Ultra was FDA Class 3 approved for ESWT and the treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis. Other similar tendinopathy treatments now safely and effectively treated by ESWT are Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), shoulder tendonitis, patellar tendonitis, and plantar fascia arch pain (among others).
What makes Excellence Shock Wave Therapy stand out is our commitment to our physicians and our patients. We are obsessed with providing a safe, comfortable and convenient treatment. We do everything in our power to follow through with you to cure your pain. Excellence is not simply our name, it is our promise.
How Does ESWT Work?
ESWT is one of the few medical technologies that performs best on people with chronic conditions that did not respond to conservative traditional therapy. ESWT accelerates the body’s own healing process in a number of ways:
- Through a process called cavitation, ESWT stimulates fibroblast and tenocyte production. Fibroblast or tenocyte cells make up your body’s connective tissues, such as tendons and the fascia.
- ESWT diminishes pain by over-stimulating the nerves that send pain sensations to the brain.
- The procedure can break down pathological calcification deposits (also known as a spur). Depending upon your condition this may or may not be the goal, but an interesting by-product. In all cases, ESWT is targeted at the condition that caused the spur, not the spur itself.
How effective is ESWT?
Our own experience and the FDA ESWT study using our treatment protocol shows an overwhelming success rate. In the study, a group of 150 patients was asked to rate their pain level on a scale of 1 to 10. The average pain level before treatment was 7.7.
After receiving one ESWT treatment, the patients were asked one year later to rate their pain level again on a scale of 1 to 10. The patients who reported had an average pain score post-ESWT of 0.6. This is a 92% reduction in pain and a much higher rate of success than any non-surgical or surgical procedure. More importantly, ESWT is very safe.
One-Year FDA Follow-Up Results
Chronic Plantar Fasciitis