Shockwave Treatment Therapy Boynton Beach is a noninvasive method that pressure waves to treat various musculoskeletal conditions. High-energy acoustic waves (shock waves) deliver a mechanical force to the body's tissues. Podiatrists use it to treat several foot problems and give patients pain relief. Here are some of the frequently asked questions about it:
Who is a candidate for ESWT? ESWT may be considered as a therapeutic option for the patient whose heel pain has not recovered with conservative treatment. Conservative measures include use of anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, and physical therapy.
What to expect with ESWT? In preparation for ESWT, your doctor will instruct you to stop taking any anti-inflammatory medications (for example, aspirin or ibuprofen) for about 5 days before the procedure. It is important to avoid these medications because they are known to prolong bleeding under the surface of the skin. ESWT is performed on an outpatient basis, so it does not require an overnight stay in the hospital. The treatment lasts just a few minutes per foot. During the procedure sound waves penetrate the heel area and stimulate the healing response. A series of 4-7 treatments are required.