Marquette, Escanaba, Upper Peninsula, MI Podiatrist uses advance technology shockwave therapy (ESWT) for pain relief
SHOCK WAVE THERAPY (ESWT)
The greatest development in recent years in musculoskeletal medicine is shockwave therapy. Extremely beneficial for many common conditions (heel pain, chronic tendonitis, and many others), this non-invasive therapy has no side effects, no recovery time, and a 80-90% success rate.
Many patients come to our office with heel pain, Achilles tendinitis and multiple types of sports injuries. What we are doing is a treatment called Shockwave Therapy.
WHAT IS EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCK WAVE THERAPY (ESWT)?
Recently, a non-surgical alternative modality called Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) gained the Food and Drug Administration’s approval for treatment of recalcitrant plantar fasciitis. This technology has been around for over 20 years for treatment of kidney stones. It is a non-surgical, non-invasive alternative for chronic heel pain sufferers who have failed to improve after an extended period of conservative therapy.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Shockwaves, also known as pressure or sound waves, are generated from a special FDA approved ESWT device directed at the targeted painful tissue. The concept in orthopedic disorders is that the shockwave stimulates and reactivates healing to encourage revascularization and other elements necessary to advance normal tissue healing. Additionally, the shockwaves help to over-stimulate pain transmission nerves, which can lead to a reduction in sensitivity and pain.
After the treatment, many patients experience immediate relief from their symptoms which continues to improve with subsequent treatments over a 3-5 week period. We see a high level of successful outcomes using shockwave especially when traditional conservative treatments have not been effective.
At Superior Foot and Ankle Center, Dr. McLean treats many athletes with non-invasive treatments like shockwave therapy. This helps to keep his patients out of operating room and in the game. So, if you're experiencing chronic foot and ankle pain, or if you're suffering from an overuse injury, make an appointment with our doctor to see if you are a candidate for Shockwave Therapy.