Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ECSWT)

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ECSWT)

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy is undergoing significant research in the field of musculoskeletal medicine as an additional treatment option for multiple conditions. ECSWT involves inducing microtrauma to a region via repeated shock waves that stimulate new vessels to be created in the area, which then promotes healing of tissue. This treatment is quickly becoming another excellent tool for practitioners that treat musculoskeletal conditions.

A full ECSWT consists of 3 to 5 treatments that are spaced one week apart. The machine that is used has a small handpiece that delivers high-dose shockwaves directly over the tissue that is damaged. The treatment is noninvasive, hence the name extracorporeal. The treatment itself may cause mild temporary discomfort as the shockwaves are affecting the painful region. On occasion, an individual may have skin redness, bruising, numbness, tingling or local pain. These side effects should be short-lived and quickly resolve.

At Spine & Joint Solutions, Dr. Martin has seen excellent success in using shockwave therapy for specific musculoskeletal conditions. In addition, ECSWT can be coupled with PRP/PRF therapy for specific diagnoses to more quickly and effectively treat tissue pathology. There has been an increase in medical literature recently on using platelet products and shockwave therapy together for chronic tendon conditions, which has been extremely successful in the world of sports medicine.

  • Rotator cuff tendinopathy / calcific rotator cuff tendinopathy
  • Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
  • Coccygodynia (tailbone pain)
  • Greater trochanteric bursitis (lateral hip pain)
  • Gluteal muscle tendinosis
  • Patellar tendinopathy
  • Quadriceps tendinopathy
  • Hamstrings tendinopathy
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints)
  • Plantar fasciitis

Dr. Martin is happy to sit with you for a full consultation in regards to your musculoskeletal pain. Following a comprehensive evaluation, she can instruct you on whether or not you are a good candidate for this advanced treatment option and whether you would benefit from additional treatment options used in conjunction with shockwave therapy.