Shockwave treatment dates back to the 1950’s when the first research was performed. However, the first treatment wasn’t actually performed until 1985. So, what is shockwave? Shockwave is a non-invasive treatment that utilizes acoustic pressure waves, not electric shocks, to generate a healing response in damaged tissue. The 2 main methods in which shockwave works is through neovascularization and depletion of Substance P. Neovascularization is the formation of new blood vessels to aid in the healing process and Substance P is a neurotransmitter that is associated with chronic pain. As a result of these physiological changes, this treatment is more than just a band-aid. It actually helps to facilitate and accelerate tissue remodeling and regeneration, as well as enhance blood flow and break up adhesions and scar tissue.
There are a wide variety of conditions in the foot and ankle that can be treated with shockwave. Some common conditions we use this treatment for include plantar fasciitis, tendinopathies, osteoarthritis, wounds, and certain fractures.
One of the benefits of shockwave is that there are few contraindications and minimal side effects involved with treatment. Additionally, depending on the condition, there is no downtime required after receiving treatment.
For more information regarding shockwave treatment and whether or not you might be a good candidate, contact our office to schedule an appointment at 847-639-5800.