Shockwave therapy, such as one using Swiss DolorClast, has gained popularity due to its proven safety and science-backed treatment method. When it comes to treating chronic pain or lingering pain from previous surgery, injury or illness, taking painkillers has long been a favoured option. However, there are side effects to taking painkillers, such as nausea, dizziness, breathing difficulty, sleep disorder and kidney diseases, to name a few. This is where shockwave therapy, such as Swiss DolorClast comes to play.
Before jumping into the reasons that placed Shockwave therapy as the top choice to treat chronic pain, let’s find out how it works.
The mechanics behind Shockwave Therapy
Prior to the arrival of shockwave therapy, ultrasound had long been a popular option among physical therapists since the 1950s. However, after seeing the slow results, even no results in treating both acute and chronic pain, ultrasound has eventually been replaced by Shockwave therapy.
Shockwave therapy is a modality that is becoming more common in physiotherapy. Using a much lower energy than in medical applications, shockwave therapy, or extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), is used in the treatment of many musculoskeletal conditions, primarily those involving connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons.
Shockwave therapy has gained popularity as an alternative to surgery in the treatment of injuries in the field of sports medicine and soft tissue conditions, such as trigger points. It is particularly useful for injuries of overuse and for cases refractory to non-operative treatment.
Shockwave therapy offers physiotherapists another tool for stubborn, chronic tendinopathy. There are some tendon conditions that just don’t seem to respond to traditional forms of treatment, and having the option of shockwave therapy treatment allows physiotherapist another tool in their arsenal. Shockwave therapy is most suited for people who have chronic (ie greater than six weeks) tendinopathies (commonly referred to as tendinitis) which haven’t responded to other treatment; these include: tennis elbow, achilles, rotator cuff, plantar fasciitis, jumpers knee, calcific tendinitis of the shoulder. These could be as a result of sport, overuse, or repetitive strain.
1. Treatment Benefits Of Shockwave Therapy
- Shockwave therapy has excellent cost-effectiveness ratio
- Non-invasive solution for chronic pain in various areas: shoulder, back, heel, knee or elbow
- No anesthesia and no drugs required
- Limited side effects
- Main fields of application: orthopedics, rehabilitation, and sport medicine
- New research shows that it can have a positive effect on acute pain
2. Shockwave Therapy Encourages Self-healing process
The body’s self-healing process is activated by Shockwave administering short bursts of high-energy sound waves to the affected area of your body via the skin. A minimum of 3 treatments is recommended and there are few side effects.
Shockwave therapy has evolved dramatically since the guidelines were developed and Swiss-made machines, especially Swiss DolorClast, are more efficient, effective and extremely cost-effective. There is a great opportunity to successfully treat patients at lower costs and higher efficiency than “conventional treatments.”
After the treatment, your patient may experience temporary soreness, tenderness or swelling for a few days following the procedure, as the shockwaves stimulate an inflammatory response. But this is the body healing itself naturally. So, it’s important not to take any anti-inflammatory medication after treatment, which may slow down the results.
Upon the completion of the treatment, patient is recommended to not participate in any physical activity within the first 48 hours. However, patient can return to their daily living activities after that.
3. Limited Side Effects Of Shockwave Therapy
As we mentioned earlier, shockwave therapy does have side effects, but they are strictly limited and don’t cause any severe medical problems. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when considering shockwave therapy. Shockwave therapy should not be used if there is a circulation or nerve disorder, infection, bone tumor, or a metabolic bone condition. Shockwave therapy should also not be used if there are any open wounds or tumors or during pregnancy pregnant. People using blood-thinning medications or who have severe circulatory disorders may also not be eligible for treatment.
Swiss DolorClast – A pioneer in Shockwave Therapy
The EMS Swiss DolorClast is an extracorporeal shock wave device intended for use in applying shock waves to the heel of patients who have chronic proximal plantar fasciitis and who have failed prior conservative therapies. Shock waves generated by the EMS Swiss DolorClast propagate radially into the tissue from the point of contact. Thus, the device has no “focusing” characteristics, because the maximum energy is directly at the coupling point on the skin surface, targeting the treatment areas of interest that are close to the skin.
Many studies have shown that treating plantar fasciitis using Swiss DolorClast Shockwave therapy over the course of 3 months, with 1 treatment every two weeks, has shown effective results. The group that experienced Shock wave therapy with Swiss DolorClast has a significantly better outcome compared to the encounter group that was exposed to another type of treatment. In addition, the subjects in the active treated group had a significantly higher level of satisfaction with their therapy outcome and were significantly more likely to recommend the EMS Swiss DolorClast therapy to a friend. No study subjects experienced any unexpected or serious device-related adverse events during the course of the study.
From the study above, it is recommended that Swiss DolorClast is the safest, most cost-effective therapy for many musculoskeletal and tendinitis diseases.
For more information on how to rent or acquire a Swiss DolorClast system for your clinic, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 905-669-1154.
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