Shockwave Therapy

Common Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive, interventional form of regenerative medicine used to kickstart the body’s healing process. This treatment targets areas of pain in the soft tissues (muscle, tendons, ligaments, etc.), joint problems, and bone issues. By enhancing blood flow through the body, your physician can accelerate the healing of stubborn musculoskeletal conditions. 

ESWT is a minimally invasive, in-office outpatient procedure in which acoustic shockwaves break down soft tissue calcifications, enhance collagen synthesis, and stimulate the healing process of injured tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues. 

Common Ailments Treated with Shockwave Therapy

ESWT is used to treat many sports-related or overuse injuries, including but not limited to: 

  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Stress fracture
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Joint pain
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Tendonitis of the foot, hip, or shoulder
  • Hamstring Injuries
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Tennis or golfer’s elbow
  • Runner’s knee
  • Bony heel spurs

Our staff, with advanced knowledge of the anatomy of joints, tendons, and ligaments will hold a device directly on top of the skin of the affected area, delivering shockwaves into the injured tissue, and promoting growth hormone and blood flow to the region. This therapy typically involves three to five treatments over several weeks, each treatment taking approximately 20 minutes to complete. This therapy is typically accompanied by platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, which are injections of a high concentration of platelets that contain healing proteins to accelerate healing in a specific area, and extracorporeal magnetotransduction therapy (EMTT), a treatment involving high-energy electromagnetic pulses.

When PRP is used, it is combined with ESWT to create a synergistic effect.

Recovery from the procedure is often very short. Patients can typically return to regular activity 24 hours after treatment, depending on their comfort level. ESWT doesn’t often result in complications, however, some patients do report discomfort during the procedure (which can often be managed by our office), bruising around the treatment site, and some mild post-treatment pain. Physicians recommend avoiding anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen following the procedure as this can interfere with the intentionally stimulated inflammation activated by ESWT to promote healing. 

Why Choose Shockwave Therapy? 

 Skip more invasive treatments for acute and chronic pain like steroid injections or surgery by trying ESTW today. Many patients experience relief immediately and see lasting results. Successful treatment should yield a restoration of healthy nerve function as early as a few weeks following the procedure. ESWT requires no incisions and no downtime, getting patients back to work and playing faster while providing long-term pain relief. 

Schedule Shockwave Therapy Treatment 

 Are you suffering from acute or chronic pain triggered by a musculoskeletal condition? Contact TPMG Tidewater Sports and Osteopathic Medicine to schedule a consultation or to learn more about this treatment and your options. 

 

Dr. Saunora Prom

TPMG Tidewater Sports & Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Saunora Prom joined TPMG and the opening of Tidewater Sports and Osteopathic Medicine at the Tidewater Medical Center at Greenbrier, adding sports medicine services to our offices on the Southside. Dr. Prom is board-certified in Family Medicine and completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Virginia Tech. His special interests include OMM in athletes, concussions, musculoskeletal ultrasound, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), Shockwave Therapy (Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), and injury prevention.

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