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Shockwave Therapy

WHAT IS SHOCKWAVE THERAPY?

Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy (MyACT) is widely used in the treatment of acute and chronic pain in muscles, tendons and joints. It works by delivering focused shock waves directly to the specific area of the body experiencing pain. Research show that this exciting new therapy promotes natural healing for many orthopedic injuries without a costly and invasive surgery.

Piezowave2 shockwave THERAPY
Gentle Treatment of Chronic Pain

HOW DOES SHOCKWAVE THERAPY WORK?


Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy (MyACT) describes the use of acoustic waves to target tissue at varying depths to compress and manipulate tissue resulting in a focused and precise deep tissue massage. Mechanical stimuli affect almost all cellular functions of living tissue such as growth, cell differentiation, cell migration, protein synthesis, physiological apoptosis and tissue necrosis. The acoustic waves generated by the PiezoWave2 converge at a point deep within the soft tissue to produce an intense, extremely short duration compression burst. The focused acoustic compression force is translated to the surrounding tissue like an extremely precise deep tissue massage. The precise targeting of tissue with Acoustic Compression positively influences cellular form and function, which can result in pain relief and improved circulation. Shockwave Therapy is used to treat many orthopedic conditions, including plantar fasciitis (heel spurs), patellar tendonitis (jumper’s knee), lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow), shoulder tendinitis, bone edema associated with knee arthritis, stress and non-union fractures, acute muscle strains/tears and more. It may be used alone or combined with other therapies.




IS SHOCKWAVE THERAPY SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN?


Shockwave therapy is a scientifically proven, multidisciplinary device used in orthopedics, physiotherapy, sports medicine, urology and veterinary medicine. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) was first introduced into clinical practice back in 1980 as a treatment for non-invasive lithotripsy (a procedure that uses shock waves to break up stones in the kidney and parts of the ureter). However, over the last 25 years, it has been used as a method for treating musculoskeletal disorders and the stimulation of bone growth. The PiezoWave2 from Richard Wolf, is an FDA registered non-invasive pain relief technology which utilizes focused sound waves for the treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain. There’s an abundance of published research to support the use of ESWT, including double blind randomized controlled studies.

In a study with MRI evidence of bone marrow inflammation in the knee joint as seen on MRI, there was statistically significant reduction of this finding on MRI at 6 months followed by complete resolution on MRI at 12 months after receiving ESWT. Bone inflammation (termed bony edema) has been found to be predictive of more significant pain levels in patients having knee arthritis and its resolution on MRI correlates with pain reduction and functional improvement.

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ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS?


One of the main benefits of Shockwave Therapy is that it is a low risk treatment for chronic pain. Patients may experience mild temporary discomfort during treatment as Shockwave Therapy seeks out painful regions to desensitize them. The shockwaves are directed at the focal point of a patient's symptoms in order to optimize healing. Rarely, MyACT may cause skin redness, bruising, numbness, tingling or radiating pain. If these symptoms do occur, they are short lived and self resolving. Contraindications to Shockwave Therapy include infections, tumor diseases, bleeding disorders, taking anti-coagulent medications, lung tissue in the pressue wave path and pregnancy.




HOW LONG DOES A SHOCKWAVE THERAPY SESSION LAST AND HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE ONE?


Our Shockwave Therapy sessions last between 5 and 15 minutes, depending on diagnosis and specific treatment area. On average, most patients will require a total of 4 to 6 sessions, scheduled once a week. The patient will lie in a comfortable position while a technician places the probe on the area of maximal tenderness and administers the therapy. The total treatment typically lasts approximately 15 minutes.




WILL INSURANCE COVER SHOCKWAVE THERAPY?


Yes! Shockwave Therapy is covered by health insurance plans under the CPT code 97110.





1 Session

MyACT Single Session

$60

3 Pack

3 Sessions at $50 each

 $150

6 pack

6 Sessions at $40 each

 $240

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