Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)

in E. Cobb, Marietta, Atlanta, Sandy Springs & Dunwoody

What is extracorporeal shock wave therapy (eswt)?

009_StorzWave2_0512-199x300 Shock wave therapy is a noninvasive method that uses pressure waves to treat various conditions. High-energy acoustic waves (shock waves) deliver a mechanical force to the body’s tissues.

What signs indicate this therapy is needed?

Shock wave therapy may treat conditions such as degenerated tissue & pain.  At SmartPlex, ESWT treatment enhances PRP treatments for erectile dysfunction by helping the body and the PRP to regenerate new tissue and improving blood flow.  In addition, by signalling blood flow, shock wave treatments help the blood to stimulate new cell and tissue grow.  It turbo-charges the effects of the PRP. Shock wave therapy at SmartPlex has immense improvement for Diabetics, erectile dysfunction and damaged joints.             treamentdiagram-300x225

When should I avoid this therapy?

Complications are infrequent with shock wave therapy. People who have poor sensation (neuropathy) or hypersensitivity in the target area should not have this procedure.  Open sores should also be avoided. Shock wave therapy is not used in patients with heart conditions or seizures. It should not be used during pregnancy. This should be discussed with your physician before undergoing the procedure.

General Details of Procedure     shockwave-therapy-ecobb-atlanta-300x215

A noninvasive probe is applied to the skin. An electrical charge creates an energy wave that is focused on the area of concern. The shock waves create a force on the tissues that may induce healing. It’s not clear why this approach to healing works for some people, but it may be that shock waves cause inflammation and improve blood flow to encourage the body to repair and heal itself.

Specific Technique

Shock wave therapy is an outpatient procedure. A probe is placed on the skin after a gel is applied to help conduct the shock waves. High- or low-energy waves may be used. High-energy waves may cause pain and require a local or regional anesthetic. Low-energy shock wave therapy often is performed without anesthesia. Therapy is more successful with active patient participation where the patient tells the therapist whether or not the probe is at the area of pain. One or more treatment sessions may be needed.

What happens after the procedure?

Patients typically are fine after treatment. Patients are advised to use pain, if any as a signal to back off until the next treatment. Shock wave therapy may give good outcomes for some tendon problems or chronic degenerative conditions.  Shock waves break up plaque that accumulates normally with aging in tissue and blood.