Schockwave

With the Shockwave treatment of Medifit you quickly get rid of your symptoms, especially when it comes to calcifications or disorders of the tendons. In the Medifit rehabilitation center we have years of experience with the Shockwave treatment. This enables us to handle all your complaints effectively and quickly and therefore at the lowest possible cost.

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) treats an extensive range of disorders, using shock waves. The treatment is non-surgical and non-invasive. This effective and rapid treatment uses intense but very short energy waves to cure many chronic painful orthopedic conditions. The benefits for you? No surgery risks, no months-long shutdown, no time and money wasted on treatments that do not work. Proven pain reduction is the result.

Which disorders can be treated with shockwave?

Shockwave therapy can be used in many musculoskeletal disorders. Especially problems where many connective tissue adheres to the bone. Complaints of tendon attachments to the larger joints, such as the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee, can easily be treated with schockwave therapy. Examples are a tennis elbow or the so-called ‘jumpers knee’. What is most treated, however, are heel spurs and plantar facitis in the foot. Below are some of the diseases that are regularly treated with good results:

  • Heel track. This is a calcareous deposit of the tendon leaf under your foot. Often this is pointed and can hurt a lot when walking. In some people this condition is present, but does not cause complaints.
  • Plantar fasciitis. This ailment is often confused with heel spurs. Although it also causes pain under the foot, the cause is different. This time it is an inflammation of the tendon leaf under the foot instead of a calcification.
  • Achilles tendonitis. This can be a very annoying injury, which is fairly common in runners. Due to the naturally poor circulation of the Achilles tendon, recovery is often a bit slower than, for example, a muscle injury.
  • Shoulder complaints.The shoulder is a complex joint. There are therefore many causes for pain in the shoulder. An example is tendon calcification.

In addition to these disorders, there are other areas in which this form of therapy is used, such as various bone related problems and wound healing processes. However, these are less well-known areas of attention, which are not yet covered in most physiotherapeutic practices, but we have many and good experiences with this.

Shockwave therapy explained

ESWT is the abbreviation for Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy. Extracorporeal means that the waves are produced outside the body. Shock waves are created in a special device and penetrate the body via conductive gel. It is a treatment method that uses strong sound waves.

Two different waves are generated, namely a radial and focused wave. In most practices the radial variant is used, because this is the best known about the effectiveness in certain disorders. However there are currents that claim that the focused version is the ‘real shockwave’. This is of course a shame, because in this way no real picture is sketched of reality. A recent study shows that, for example, there is as much improvement in the treatment of patellar tendon inflammation. This is just one example, because there are many other studies that show the effectiveness of both a radial and focused treatment. One therefore does not have to exclude the other. Although there are other applications to use this technique, we explaine here when ESWT can be used in case of problems with the musculoskeletal system.

Examples are tendon problems on knees, shoulders, feet elbows and hips. In fact, all tendons, straps and muscles that are close to the skin can be treated with this therapy. The above problem is sometimes difficult to deal with the more classical methods and can therefore become chronic regularly. With ESWT patients often suffer from less pain and heal faster without any significant side effects.

At Medifit rehabilitation center we have more than 10 years experience with schock wave therapy and we have two shock wave devices.