Shock Wave Therapy (SWT) is an exposure to acoustic waves that promotes the repair and healing of bones, tendons, and other soft tissues. The procedure can also be performed when using

Medical Indications for Shock Wave Therapy

Shock waves increase blood circulation, “disinhibit” cells in the affected area, stimulating accelerated regeneration and resorption of inflammation, and stabilize metabolic processes. Also, waves can block the transmission of pain impulses, which makes the therapy effective for the treatment of acute and chronic pain.

Therefore, SWT is indicated for problems such as:

  • arthritis;
  • bursitis;
  • inflammatory processes in the joints and tendons;
  • hernia and protrusion of the intervertebral discs;
  • diabetic foot;
  • myositis;
  • osteoarthritis;
  • osteochondrosis;
  • periarthritis;
  • plantar fasciitis;
  • flat feet;
  • heel spur;
  • radiculitis;
  • injuries and fractures;
  • tendinitis;
  • epicondylitis.

Since acoustic waves stimulate blood circulation, SWT can also help with cellulite problems. Moreover, the procedure is highly effective for the treatment of erectile dysfunction and chronic prostatitis – our urologists actively refer their patients to shock wave therapy and are very pleased with the results.

How is the procedure carried out

Everything is very simple: after examination and palpation, the problem area is determined, a gel is applied to it – a conductor for the infrasonic wave. Then, for a certain time, the doctor processes the desired area with the sensor.

We work on the Swiss device EMS SWISS PIEZOCLAST + SWISS DOLORCLAST, which allows for both focused and radial shock wave therapy, as well as combining both waves in one procedure. This is an important advantage, since most clinics have devices with only one type of shock wave. We can act on tissues of different density and at different depths.

SWT does not have a recovery period, so immediately after the session it will be possible to return to normal activities.

Contraindications to the procedure

Shock wave therapy. The magnetic field, rehabilitation. Physiotherapist doctor performs surgery on a patient’s heel

Like any medical procedure, SWT has a number of contraindications. These include:

  • pregnancy;
  • the presence of a pacemaker;
  • some diseases and injuries of the spine;
  • oncology;
  • blood clotting disorder;
  • violation of the heart rhythm;
  • thrombophlebitis;
  • skin damage, purulent wounds, hematomas, dermatitis in the treatment area;
  • infectious diseases;
  • diseases of the nervous system.

It is not yet recommended to carry out the procedure for children and adolescents, since their skeleton is not fully formed.

How many sessions will be required

The result of shock wave therapy is noticeable after several procedures – the pain syndrome decreases, swelling subsides, mobility in the joints and spine increases. The exact number of sessions can be determined by the doctor, taking into account the specific problem and the patient’s health indicators.

The percentage of effectiveness of UVT is very high. For example, with a heel spur, humeroscapular periarthritis and osteochondrosis, improvement can be achieved in 75% of cases.